Lookout Landlords and Regulators – Insect Businesses Set to Grow.

Lookout Landlords and Regulators – Insect Businesses Set to Grow.

“Try finding a landlord that lets you raise 5 million crickets in his building…” I hear a soft chuckle on the other end of the line. “Yeah – we’re excited to expand but there’s a lot to consider!” I’m speaking with James Williams, owner of Crunchy Critter Farms. Williams, along with Sean Schultz, Brian Battle, [...]

How to Get People to Try Insects for the First Time: A Tale of Birthday Bugs

How to Get People to Try Insects for the First Time: A Tale of Birthday Bugs

It's with a happy heart and an older soul that I write this particular post. It's a post of gratitude to my friends and family who gathered around last weekend for some birthday festivities. I asked them not to come bearing gifts, but an open mind instead. I asked them to try crickets with me for [...]

First To Market – What it Means for Edible Insect Companies

First To Market – What it Means for Edible Insect Companies

  The horizon is vast, and the journey will be long, but I'm excited so many edible insect companies are coming along! Wendy Lu McGill, CEO of Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, made a great point during her presentation at Eating Insects Detroit. She mentioned that most of the entomo-enthusiasts in the room had something in common: they [...]

Collaboration is Key For Future of Edible Insect Regulations

Collaboration is Key For Future of Edible Insect Regulations

Class is in session! The rustling of eager students settling into their seats softened as the lights in the auditorium dimmed. "Let's set the stage to discuss the U.S. regulation of insect-derived foods," began Ricardo Carvajal, director at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara. He was about to take us on a journey touching on what is [...]

We’re Playing Hide & Seek With Insects

We’re Playing Hide & Seek With Insects

So... we have this weird proclivity to refer to food as "grub," but get turned off by the thought of eating a grub. Ironic much? As the cost of animal protein continues to rise and food and feed insecurity becomes more problematic, we need to get serious about addressing our food choices. Thankfully, most of the [...]

Insects, Italian Cuisine, and “Natural Remedies”

Insects, Italian Cuisine, and “Natural Remedies”

And entomophagy continues to collect momentum in the press! The Digital Journal released a nice piece a few days ago titled, "Are insects better than Italian cuisine? Some people think so!" In it, they discussed a valid point: what we consider food is largely influenced by culture. Something completely normal to you may be offensively gross to [...]