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Insects as food? A new #agriculture is being created and it
Eating insects? We will have to. Small mealworms lie in a bed of lettuce on a roll, pesto garnishes that special combination. In Rotterdam ‘het Boekenbal’ (Literary book presentation), nature was the theme recently, hence the insect snacks. The visitors hesitated first, but afterwards they ate the ‘insect bites’ curiously. A few years ago, it was a matter of digging up an earthworm or a beetle. Many people were horrified by the idea. Those who dared to let the animal disappear into the mouth could count on admiration, but also on reactions of horror. It will take some time before insect snacks are no longer a party joke or cause horror. But the image of the unhygienic, annoying creatures can change. Since the beginning of the year, in the European Union the Novel Food legislation 2015/2283 applies which makes it possible to grow and process insects for human nutrition. The European market for the application of insects for human nutrition is still a niche market. But some start-ups are in the starting blocks and see great potential. Furniture giant Ikea and its Space10 laboratory are also on the scene. Last month it was announced that the Swedish company wants to make mealworm balls and a Bug Burger. The German Bugfoundation already has a lot of experience. The founders Baris Özel and Max Krämer sell since 2016 in Belgium and since 2017 in the Netherlands their Bux Burger - hamburgers based on buffaloworm. A ticket on the Bugfoundation website shows that you can buy the insect snacks in cities like Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht or The Hague. Photo by: the Bugfoundation Buffalo worm Buffalo worm, how does that taste? Özel: The animal has a nutty aroma, such as sunflower oil. '' The burgers contain a lot of proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc. The worms come from Proti-Farm in Ermelo where thousands of animals live in plastic containers. But compared to intensive livestock farming, Proti-Farm does not use antibiotics or hormones, explains founder Heidi de Bruin: "We have not had any diseases in the insects yet." The Netherlands is already one of the largest insect producers in the world. In our country there are already three large companies and several smaller ones that produce, says Marcel Dicke, ecological entomologist at Wageningen University. "The companies invest tens of millions. A new agriculture is being created and the Netherlands has a leading position in this.'' World population According to the scientist, insects are the food of the future. They can solve a big problem. In 2050, for example, the world population will grow to about 9 to 10 billion people. 70 percent more food will then be needed. "If we also want to achieve an increase in animal protein, then that is not possible through an expansion of the current production of meat," says Marcel Dicke. "Fortunately, there are excellent alternatives and insects are part of that." Breeding insects is more sustainable than meat production. According to a study by the United Nations, for example, a kilogram of meat from crickets requires only about two kilograms of feed. In pigs four times as much food is needed, in cows it is even twelve times more. Climate change "The production of insects is also good with regard to climate change," said Marcel Dicke. "Per kilogram of product, the production of beef leads to more than 100 times more greenhouse gas emissions." Photo by: ANP. An insect pizza, made with mozzarella, tomato, cumin, mealworms, and the larvae of zophobas morio beetles  Insect food buying on the internet In the Netherlands, consumers can buy insect snacks in delicatessens, health food stores or via the internet. They mainly reach environmentally conscious customers who are looking for the balance between responsibility for health, love for animals and hunger for meat. Already according to the Nutrition Center, 55 percent of people in the Netherlands eat no meat three days a week or more often. Marcel Dicke also sees a constant increase in the acceptance of insects. "It is also important that there are products on the market that the consumer likes." Interesting market The Bux Burger of the Bugfoundation is just the beginning. How interesting the market is, shows a view across the Atlantic. In the US, some well-known people have invested in start-ups for insects. Ariel Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, gave a company that develops the technology behind the cultivation of insects a money injection. And billionaire Mark Cuban invested in a protein bar that is made from insects. Recipe savory insect cake (for 8 people) For the dough 150 g of flour 1 bag of dried yeast 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of caster sugar 50 g butter (and a bit to spread the baking tin) 1 egg 60 ml of milk For the filling 25 g mealworms 4 tablespoons of olive oil 2 onions, chopped 1/2 leek, in strips 1 red pepper, diced 1 clove of garlic, pressed 1 teaspoon curry powder For the cream-egg mixture 2 dl whipped cream 4 eggs 1 tablespoon cornstarch 50 g of old cheese, grated quiche shape with a diameter of 25 cm Put all the ingredients for the dough in a bowl and knead into a smooth dough. Form the dough into a ball and let rise for 15 minutes, covered and in a warm place. Chop the mealworms into small pieces. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the mealworms, onion, leek, paprika and garlic in about 2 minutes without coloring. Add the curry powder and cook for 1 minute. Then let it cool down. Mix all ingredients for the cream-egg mixture in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 180 ºC. Roll out the dough into a round thin slice, use a little flour to prevent sticking. Coat the baking tin with butter and coat it with the dough. Spread the filling evenly over the mold and pour the cream mixture over it. Bake the cake in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes. Jana Hannemann Cover photo: huffingtonpost.com https://www.whatsorb.com/category/food
Eating insects? We will have to. Small mealworms lie in a bed of lettuce on a roll, pesto garnishes that special combination. In Rotterdam ‘het Boekenbal’ (Literary book presentation), nature was the theme recently, hence the insect snacks. The visitors hesitated first, but afterwards they ate the ‘insect bites’ curiously. A few years ago, it was a matter of digging up an earthworm or a beetle. Many people were horrified by the idea. Those who dared to let the animal disappear into the mouth could count on admiration, but also on reactions of horror. It will take some time before insect snacks are no longer a party joke or cause horror. But the image of the unhygienic, annoying creatures can change. Since the beginning of the year, in the European Union the Novel Food legislation 2015/2283 applies which makes it possible to grow and process insects for human nutrition. The European market for the application of insects for human nutrition is still a niche market. But some start-ups are in the starting blocks and see great potential. Furniture giant Ikea and its Space10 laboratory are also on the scene. Last month it was announced that the Swedish company wants to make mealworm balls and a Bug Burger. The German Bugfoundation already has a lot of experience. The founders Baris Özel and Max Krämer sell since 2016 in Belgium and since 2017 in the Netherlands their Bux Burger - hamburgers based on buffaloworm. A ticket on the Bugfoundation website shows that you can buy the insect snacks in cities like Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht or The Hague. Photo by: the Bugfoundation Buffalo worm Buffalo worm, how does that taste? Özel: The animal has a nutty aroma, such as sunflower oil. '' The burgers contain a lot of proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc. The worms come from Proti-Farm in Ermelo where thousands of animals live in plastic containers. But compared to intensive livestock farming, Proti-Farm does not use antibiotics or hormones, explains founder Heidi de Bruin: "We have not had any diseases in the insects yet." The Netherlands is already one of the largest insect producers in the world. In our country there are already three large companies and several smaller ones that produce, says Marcel Dicke, ecological entomologist at Wageningen University. "The companies invest tens of millions. A new agriculture is being created and the Netherlands has a leading position in this.'' World population According to the scientist, insects are the food of the future. They can solve a big problem. In 2050, for example, the world population will grow to about 9 to 10 billion people. 70 percent more food will then be needed. "If we also want to achieve an increase in animal protein, then that is not possible through an expansion of the current production of meat," says Marcel Dicke. "Fortunately, there are excellent alternatives and insects are part of that." Breeding insects is more sustainable than meat production. According to a study by the United Nations, for example, a kilogram of meat from crickets requires only about two kilograms of feed. In pigs four times as much food is needed, in cows it is even twelve times more. Climate change "The production of insects is also good with regard to climate change," said Marcel Dicke. "Per kilogram of product, the production of beef leads to more than 100 times more greenhouse gas emissions." Photo by: ANP. An insect pizza, made with mozzarella, tomato, cumin, mealworms, and the larvae of zophobas morio beetles  Insect food buying on the internet In the Netherlands, consumers can buy insect snacks in delicatessens, health food stores or via the internet. They mainly reach environmentally conscious customers who are looking for the balance between responsibility for health, love for animals and hunger for meat. Already according to the Nutrition Center, 55 percent of people in the Netherlands eat no meat three days a week or more often. Marcel Dicke also sees a constant increase in the acceptance of insects. "It is also important that there are products on the market that the consumer likes." Interesting market The Bux Burger of the Bugfoundation is just the beginning. How interesting the market is, shows a view across the Atlantic. In the US, some well-known people have invested in start-ups for insects. Ariel Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, gave a company that develops the technology behind the cultivation of insects a money injection. And billionaire Mark Cuban invested in a protein bar that is made from insects. Recipe savory insect cake (for 8 people) For the dough 150 g of flour 1 bag of dried yeast 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of caster sugar 50 g butter (and a bit to spread the baking tin) 1 egg 60 ml of milk For the filling 25 g mealworms 4 tablespoons of olive oil 2 onions, chopped 1/2 leek, in strips 1 red pepper, diced 1 clove of garlic, pressed 1 teaspoon curry powder For the cream-egg mixture 2 dl whipped cream 4 eggs 1 tablespoon cornstarch 50 g of old cheese, grated quiche shape with a diameter of 25 cm Put all the ingredients for the dough in a bowl and knead into a smooth dough. Form the dough into a ball and let rise for 15 minutes, covered and in a warm place. Chop the mealworms into small pieces. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the mealworms, onion, leek, paprika and garlic in about 2 minutes without coloring. Add the curry powder and cook for 1 minute. Then let it cool down. Mix all ingredients for the cream-egg mixture in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 180 ºC. Roll out the dough into a round thin slice, use a little flour to prevent sticking. Coat the baking tin with butter and coat it with the dough. Spread the filling evenly over the mold and pour the cream mixture over it. Bake the cake in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes. Jana Hannemann Cover photo: huffingtonpost.com https://www.whatsorb.com/category/food
Insects as food? A new #agriculture is being created and it
Insects as food? A new #agriculture is being created and it's better for the climate too!
The future of edible insects depends on kids.
Once convinced that eating insects is healthy, tasty, and cool, kids will be the most effective ambassadors for the industry. Arachnophobes, be warned! A new video made by Project Explorer features people chowing down on deep-fried tarantulas in Cambodia, one crispy leg at a time. There are some crickets, mealworms, and cockroaches thrown in there as well, but somehow, they pale in comparison to the tarantulas. The video, which was screened at the Brooklyn Bug Festival this past summer and will be shown in classrooms around the United States, is part of a push to get kids interested in eating insects. Why? Because marketers know that if kids can be convinced eating insects is a good idea, it bodes well for the entire edible insect industry. The younger generation will grow up into bug-eating adults, while influencing peers and family members to do the same. Kids, for all their stubborn little food-related quirks, are surprisingly open to ideas that might horrify their parents. (Who knew?) They are also more more tuned-in to environmental issues these days than in the past. NPR's The Salt cites a 2013 study that found: "Children have a deeper concern for following environmental rules (such as not carving names into trees or not stepping on flowers) than for following social rules (such as not picking your nose or being a messy eater). This could conceivably manifest in kids not only wanting to protect the natural world, but also being able to ignore stigmas — even in the kitchen — that would thwart conservation efforts." This is why the Brooklyn Bug Festival featured an all-day children's education program, with a 'petting zoo' (picture writhing mealworms in your hand) and cricket samples. One father tried the crickets only because his daughter made him -- then he ended up buying some to take home because they were so good. David George Gordon, author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, says events like this are a great way to engage parents, since "adults are skeptical [about eating bugs and] kids are so receptive to trying them."
Once convinced that eating insects is healthy, tasty, and cool, kids will be the most effective ambassadors for the industry. Arachnophobes, be warned! A new video made by Project Explorer features people chowing down on deep-fried tarantulas in Cambodia, one crispy leg at a time. There are some crickets, mealworms, and cockroaches thrown in there as well, but somehow, they pale in comparison to the tarantulas. The video, which was screened at the Brooklyn Bug Festival this past summer and will be shown in classrooms around the United States, is part of a push to get kids interested in eating insects. Why? Because marketers know that if kids can be convinced eating insects is a good idea, it bodes well for the entire edible insect industry. The younger generation will grow up into bug-eating adults, while influencing peers and family members to do the same. Kids, for all their stubborn little food-related quirks, are surprisingly open to ideas that might horrify their parents. (Who knew?) They are also more more tuned-in to environmental issues these days than in the past. NPR's The Salt cites a 2013 study that found: "Children have a deeper concern for following environmental rules (such as not carving names into trees or not stepping on flowers) than for following social rules (such as not picking your nose or being a messy eater). This could conceivably manifest in kids not only wanting to protect the natural world, but also being able to ignore stigmas — even in the kitchen — that would thwart conservation efforts." This is why the Brooklyn Bug Festival featured an all-day children's education program, with a 'petting zoo' (picture writhing mealworms in your hand) and cricket samples. One father tried the crickets only because his daughter made him -- then he ended up buying some to take home because they were so good. David George Gordon, author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, says events like this are a great way to engage parents, since "adults are skeptical [about eating bugs and] kids are so receptive to trying them."
The future of edible insects depends on kids.
The future of edible insects depends on kids.
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