The Future of Sports Nutrition May Contain Insects

The Future of Sports Nutrition May Contain Insects

What do you get when you combine a shared passion for outdoor sports, nature, and healthy food? Fit people. Fit people who have great ideas… like making protein bars out of crickets.

William Walcker, Minh-Anh Pham, and Antoine Domergue are the three men who woke up one morning and decided they would make protein bars out of crickets. Kidding – it’s a much more interesting story than that.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Minh to hear a little more about how he went from triathlete to cricket evangelist.

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New Research on Small-Scale Cricket Farming in Laos

New Research on Small-Scale Cricket Farming in Laos

Few things perk me up in the morning like receiving an email titled, “New Research on Cricket Farming – Thought You’d Be Interested.” Any contribution to the growing literature on entomophagy is a welcome gift! Last week I received such a message and dove into a great piece called Small-Scale Cricket Farming by Thomas Weigel of Veterinarians Without Borders.

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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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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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The Importance of Spurring Ento-Innovation

The Importance of Spurring Ento-Innovation

Insects have the potential to become an excellent famine-relief product. The thing is, not enough time or effort has been put into insect product practices by today’s entrepreneurs.

[Insect] production practices are just too expensive. Everything from how we farm them to how we render them into a food product can be exponentially improved.”
—Harman Singh Johar

Many, not surprisingly, face a huge mental barrier when faced with the idea of eating insects. Consider it the “ICK-factor.” It’s a huge deal in your mind, until you put a bug in your mouth, start chewing, and think “Eh – it’s kinda good!”

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