Announcing the First Edible Insect Trade Association

Announcing the First Edible Insect Trade Association

AUSTIN, TX (May 16, 2016) – Little Herds, an edible insect nonprofit, based in Austin, Texas, is proud to announce the formation and meeting of the U.S’s first edible insect trade organization, North American Edible Insects Coalition, NAEIC. “We are excited that the NAEIC will be meeting for the first time at Eating Insects Detroit, at the U.S.’s first edible insect conference, held at Wayne State University in Detroit, May 26-28″ stated Robert Nathan Allen, Founder of Little Herds.

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Jurassic Snacks: Taking Insects to the Fitness Industry

Jurassic Snacks: Taking Insects to the Fitness Industry

The fitness market is huge – and growing. In September 2014, Globe Newswire reported that the global sports nutrition market was valued at USD 20.7 billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.0% from 2013 to 2019, to reach an estimated value of USD 37.7 billion in 2019.

“Increasing health awareness, healthy lifestyle, rising number of health clubs and fitness centers and changing consumer clusters for nutritional product across the globe are the key growth drivers for the global sports nutrition market. Traditionally, bodybuilders and sportspersons are the major consumers for sports nutrition products. However in recent years, new user groups (recreational and lifestyle users) have increased their market share in sports nutrition market. The market for sports nutrition is expanding from its major markets (North America) towards developing markets of Europe and Asia Pacific owing to ever-increasing population, rising income and rising living standard of consumers in these region. Countries such as India and China with their fast pace economic growth offer huge opportunities for sports nutrition market in the future. Moreover, surge in national and international sporting events and increased global participation in these; provide a good launch pad for the sports nutritional products. ”

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MIGHTi – Insects to Impact Food Insecurity

MIGHTi – Insects to Impact Food Insecurity

Prepare to be inspired! I’m over the moon about the recent chat I had with one of the wonder-women who founded MIGHTi – a collaborative research project designed to address the multifaceted and systematic factors that contribute to food insecurity in Southern Africa while simultaneously joining a global effort to re-envision food systems in a changing climate.

Needless to say, Rachel is making an impact in food sustainability and had some great stories to share about it!

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EntoMarket and the Importance of Ento-Education

EntoMarket and the Importance of Ento-Education

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Susan, founder of EntoMarket. For those of you not already familiar, EntoMarket is one of the leading online sellers of all things edible insect and beyond! What drew me to EntoMarket was not only the wide array of edible insects available for purchase, but the focus on educational materials to promote the topic as well.

Speaking with Susan was like getting drinks with a dear, longtime friend. She’s warm, quick-witted, and has quickly become a mini-idol of mine: a real ento-eductaion rockstar.

We’ll be discussing the start of EntoMarket and focusing on the importance of education – let’s get started!

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Tiny Farms on Regulations, Barriers to Entry, and the Technical Side of Insect Farming

Tiny Farms on Regulations, Barriers to Entry, and the Technical Side of Insect Farming

After being virtually introduced by a distant mutual friend, Jena and I hit it off quickly. Owner and brains behind Tiny Farms, Jena was witty, driven, and a joy to speak with. Tiny Farms is a San Francisco based startup working on pioneering smart, scalable insect farming. We hopped on a call to discuss data, crickets, and regulations… to name a few topics. I’ll jump ahead in the story to say I ended the call with a smile on my face, knowing that we have people like Jena working hard on “smart farming” for our future.

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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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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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