Category Archives: Food

Recycling With Insects

I recently posted about the ability of some beetles to grow and develop on polystyrene. A report from Pune, India adds wax moths to the list of plastic consuming insects. Humans produce much plastic waste that contains useful nutrients and energy … Continue reading

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The Snacks of Summer

There is a new version of “Take me out to the ballgame” in Seattle where the Mariners play. It goes, “With peanuts and popcorn and cricket snacks…” The change in the song reflects a change in cuisine. In 2017, the … Continue reading

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Living With Cricket King Cake

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 28, 2017 and New Orleans prepared. The festival features parades with floats, music and exotic cuisine. A Mardi Gras favorite is king cake with its traditional purple, gold and green sprinkles. This year (2017) the … Continue reading

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Insects As Fish Food

Many fish are predators and naturally consume insects as part of their diet. Thus, it may seem strange that the European Union in its oversight of food production does not currently allow the use of commercially reared insects in feed … Continue reading

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Insects As Feed

Commercial food production in the US and Canada is tightly regulated. The appearance of problems such as Mad Cow Disease that can be transmitted in animal feed have reinforced the importance of testing and research into effects of feed on … Continue reading

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From Food to Art

Sculpture Jan Fabre incorporates Jewel Beetles into many of his works of art such as the globe pictured at left. Jewel Beetles have a captivating iridescence that adds color and sparkle. The color is not constant but changes with the … Continue reading

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Futuristic Insect Rearing

An increase in food (especially protein) production will be needed to feed our growing world population. Insect production may be part of the mix. Insects can be processed as food for livestock and other animals or for human consumption. To … Continue reading

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