The Last Man on Earth: Crickets and the Media

The Last Man on Earth: Crickets and the Media

Cricket casserole… I thought it would be at least another few years before I saw dishes like that making appearances in popular shows like The Last Man on Earth (a Fox Comedy). But, alas, the episode aptly named “Crickets” (S2, Ep5) aired on October 25th. What went down?

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3,000 Feet of Bugs: Why Meghan Curry will summit El Capitan eating only bugs!

3,000 Feet of Bugs: Why Meghan Curry will summit El Capitan eating only bugs!

What do you get when you cross a 3,000 ft summit, a daring adventurer, and a mission to change the world? Potentially a great summer thriller film. But in our case, we have Bug Wall – Meghan Curry’s 2 week edible insect-powered ascent of El Capitan.

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Coalo Valley Farms: The Open Source Farm

Coalo Valley Farms: The Open Source Farm

I called to talk about crickets, but ended up with plenty to think about regarding company culture, the future of innovation, serendipity, and even artificial intelligence! Coalo Valley Farms has a lot going for it, especially strong leadership.

A little more about Coalo Valley Farms: Coalo Valley Farms is an urban cricket farm focused on the production of alternative protein through sustainable means. Coalo Valley Farms serves both businesses and private clients who are interested in eating healthier and/or reducing their environmental footprint. Established in 2014, the Coalo Valley Farms operates in San Fernando Valley out of a single farm that is modified for the organic and cruelty-free production and processing of premium cricket-based protein powder. Coalo Valley Farms focuses on giving consumers an alternative option when they choose how to ingest their protein. Cricket-based protein offers a healthier and more environmentally friendly solution to protein from traditional livestock such as cows, pigs, and chickens.

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Insect Farming is helping Thailand’s Farmers

Insect Farming is helping Thailand’s Farmers

A low, scuttling sound is audible from the six concrete pens in Boontham Puthachat’s home. He is a cricket farmer. His crickets are nibbling on a mix of chicken feed, pumpkins, and other vegetables to grow for the five weeks before they are harvested.

Boontham is a farmer in Thanon Nang Klan, one of Thailand’s poorest regions. Here, farmers depend solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren. But Boontham is different. His family is one of 30 in his village raising insects to satisfy the growing domestic demand (even through many international diners would rather starve than try a fried grasshopper).

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Interview with Greg Sewitz, Co-CEO of Exo

Interview with Greg Sewitz, Co-CEO of Exo

I love protein bars. Long before I ever started eating insects, I was an avid consumer of any rectangular-shaped portable bar of energy. Then I discovered that most of these bars were full of sugar and not actually as good for me as my track coach said they were. This is aside from the point, but simply meant to illustrate my excitement when I learned I would be speaking with Greg Sewitz, the co-CEO of Exo.

Exo produces delicious, nutritious, and sustainable protein bars (without a ton of sugar!) with crickets as the main ingredient! I spoke with Greg to learn about how he got his start creating cricket protein bars, and to discover how he sees public adoption of his product progressing.

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An Interview with Lee Rose, Founder of Thailand Unique

An Interview with Lee Rose, Founder of Thailand Unique

The night was dark but the alley way glowed with the lanterns hanging from vendor carts lining the streets. Tourists and travelers chattered excitedly about the variety of clothing, alcohol, tattoos, and novelties available at every turn on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. One cart in particular was surrounded by a crowd of squealing tourists. I approached cautiously, and, to my delight, saw a tray filled with fried scorpions and tarantulas. Friends dared friends to try a bite while I eagerly drew out my wallet to buy as many as I could fit into my purse.

This was my first experience with scorpions (my now favorite bug meal…!) You can only imagine my excitement when I received an email from Lee Rose, the founder of Thailand Unique, saying that he would love to be interviewed for bugible.com!

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Celebs, Insects, and Juicing – The Start of a Trend?

Celebs, Insects, and Juicing – The Start of  a Trend?

A bit ago the news was been abuzz with Shailene Woodley’s behind-the-scenes video (accompanying her new cover of Nylon magazine) where she predicted that the future of food is insects. She said, “I’ve eaten ants…and June bugs.” It seems that celebrities are getting in on the insect-eating fun.

The other day I came across an Instagram post via Katy Perry where she wrote, “Just celebrating a run of 141 shows with a fun scorpion snack in Bangkok!” … yes, Katy, yes!

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Insects Improve Food Security

Insects Improve Food Security

Meet Sengthong. Whether he knows it or not, he is playing a vital role in improving food security in Laos, a country where over 40% of children are undernourished.

Sengthong explains, “I started to collect when I was 35 years old. No one taught me; I did it myself. At first when I was collecting, I used my own hands. I couldn’t collect a lot so I started using a small plastic bag. I then changed to using a bigger bag, wish which I can collect by swinging it around. I concentrate on collecting insects to sell for my income. Because I otherwise don’t know how I would make money.”

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Entomophagy Spurs Holistic Health

Entomophagy Spurs Holistic Health

A Look into Cricket Flour’s Relationship with the Environment, Nutrition, and GMOs.

I had the good fortune of speaking with Jarrod Goldin, one of the founders of Next Millennium Farms, to better understand what’s occurring on the ground level of the incredible entomophagy movement gaining popularity.  Next Millennium farms is leading the protein revolution with a new, environmentally sound method of food production.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be releasing his interview in a Next Millennium Series, taking you on explorations of ento’s relationship to GMOs, FDA regulations, the water crisis and more.

Today, Jarrod discusses how entomophagy spurs holistic health –

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Regulations Surrounding Entomophagy

Regulations Surrounding Entomophagy

Why We Couldn’t Feed Insectivores Insects & Future FDA Regulations

Jarrod Goldin, one of the founders of Next Millennium Farms, speaks about the incredible entomophagy movement gaining popularity.  Next Millennium farms is leading the protein revolution with a new, environmentally sound method of food production.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be releasing his interview in a Next Millennium Series, taking you on explorations of ento’s relationship to GMOs, FDA regulations, the water crisis and more.

Today, Jarrod discusses regulations surrounding entomophagy from the oddities with restrictions in feeding animals insects and the future of FDA regulations with insects.

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