Farm to Trough: How House Flies Could Reduce Waste and Feed Livestock

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As the global human population continues to rise, researchers are turning to the potential role insects might play in growing the global food supply. A new study from researchers at Cornell University points to the house fly (Musca domestica) as a viable source of a protein-rich food source—not for humans, but for livestock. As reported […]

Bugs Cafe: The Can’t-Miss Culinary Attraction in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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By Laura Kraft This post is the fifth in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who is chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. See earlier posts from the series. Imagine a crispy, fried spring roll. It has that characteristic crunch on the outside, […]

Will Insects Be the Food of the Future? Find Out at ICE 2016

By Florence Dunkel At the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, which will be held September 25-30 in Orlando, Florida, there will be an amazing set of 28 speakers who will tackle not just one, but four complex issues that some call wicked problems. These speakers from nine countries (Brazil, Thailand, India, China, Japan, USA, England, […]

Video on How to Make Delicious Cockroach Tapioca

By Richard Levine This week I attented the joint annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Brazil and the Latin American Congress of Entomology in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil. One day I walked by a table that had snacks for the attendees, including bowls of what looked like rice, nuts, and insects. I could clearly see […]

Crickets Are Not a Free Lunch, Protein Conversion Rates May Be Overestimated

Some practitioners of entomophagy believe that raising insects for consumption by humans will help solve world hunger problems. Crickets and other insects, they say, are able to convert plant matter into protein more efficiently than animals such as cattle, pigs, or chicken. For example, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states on […]