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

  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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Reinventing Entomophagy for the 21st Century

I don't know about you, but it makes me thrilled when I read about entomophagy more and more in popular media sites. The Huffington Post released an article today about reinventing entomophagy for the 21st century, and I couldn't agree more. "'Entomophagy is an evolving term in need of review," says Afton Marina Szasz Halloran, Ph.D Fellow [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Crickets and the California Water Crisis

Why Governments Should Incentivize Insect Farming Earlier this week, we heard Jarrod’s views on the future of FDA regulations for insects. On the whole, it seems that ento-foods are on the road to being GRAS – generally recognized as safe. But regulation is not the only way the government will (or SHOULD) be involved in the [...]