Physiologie du Goût
This week on Facebook: Perhaps not as quite lighthearted as first intended. I first researched entomophagy for a post published 2 years ago with the title A Tale Of two Maggots. Following my articles posted on Facebook over the previous 2 weeks this seemed an appropriate time to reintroduce entomophagy, those in search of a global solution to the human global desire for protein may find answers this week. Of course, it’s not the ideal solution but it’s probably better than Soylent Green Crackers just like grandmas used to taste, although I suspect that the missing apostrophe is quite deliberate and intended irony perhaps. My grandma was an iron lady, she was the only survivor of five children, lived through the 2 world wars and ate far less protein than we do today — seeming to live on dry Ryvita biscuits. (I don’t recall her eating the tripe she prepared for grandad).
The destiny of nations depends on the manner in which they are fed.
Brillat-Saverin: The Physiology of Taste
Monday 28/11/2016 U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try: A report released Monday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization reminds us that there are more than 1,900 edible insect species on Earth, hundreds of which are already part of the diet in many countries. In fact, some two billion people eat a wide variety of insects regularly, both cooked and raw; only in Western countries does the practice retain an “ick” factor among the masses.
Tuesday 29/11/2016 The Next Big Thing in protein will likely make you squirm: Pound for pound, insects, for example, crickets, have about the same amount of protein as does chicken, but certainly costs a lot less to produce, take up a lot less space, and some would argue are a lot more sustainable.
Wednesday 30/11/2016 Edible Insect-Farming Hatches New Breed of ‘Entopreneurs’: Insects don’t need as much space as animals, aren’t fussy eaters, emit fewer greenhouse gases and convert food much more efficiently: a single kilogram of feed yields 12 times more edible cricket protein than beef protein.
Thursday 1/12/2016 Cockroach farms multiplying in China: China has about 100 cockroach farms, and new ones are opening almost as fast as the prolific critters breed. But even among Chinese, the industry was little known until August, when a million cockroaches got out of a farm in neighboring Jiangsu province. The Great Escape made headlines around China and beyond, evoking biblical images of swarming locusts.
Friday 2/12/2016 Why Insects Should Be in Your Diet: Food reserves are the lowest they’ve been in 40 years, yet—thanks to an expanding population that the United Nations (UN) expects to grow to more than 9 billion by 2050—the demand for food will increase dramatically over the coming decades.
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