Famine Food Legends #3: Bug Bites: on YouTube
Insects are eaten daily by billions of people around the world, most of whom do not suffer from hunger. Paul Vontomme, an expert from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), says that insects are actually one of the most efficient sources of protein available. The idea that "eating bugs" is something only a starving person would do is the latest misconception about hunger debunked by WFP's Famine Food Myths series
"Speaking in plain, but engaging language, Daniella Martin draws us into her adventure in the world of edible insects. Side-by-side with Daniella, we follow her around the world, beginning with her quest into ancient Aztec cuisine as a cultural anthropology student and traveling up to the present moment with her as a media celebrity and an accomplished gourmet chef. This is not just an entertaining coffee-table book but a moment to ask serious questions about cultural aversions that are now stumbling blocks in our quest for healthy diets in a sustainable world." Dr. Florence V. Dunkel
To see Daniella Martin - Girl Meets Bug - Video of Preparing and Eating a Scorpion, please click the Culinary Arts link in left panel
For Cicada recipe ideas, consult the Cicada-licious Cookbook
from the University of Maryland. http://www.newsdesk.umd.edu/pdf/cicada%20recipes.PDF
The cicada is a well known traditional treat of Native Americans in the eastern US. Many traditional recipes are available.
This is a good time to consult the information-rich report released this week by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) on Edible Insects. There is a 190 page version and a 4 page summary available to download. See below: JUST RELEASED! for the FAO link.
Have a taste of the sustainable future. Bug Appetite!
FAO Forestry Paper #171
Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security
Congratulations to Arnold van Huis, Joost Van Itterbeeck, Harmke Klunder, Esther Mertens, Afton Halloran, Giulia Muir, and Paul Vantomme on a beautiful, well organized, and interesting paper. The diversity of topics in great detail all in one document is what stands out, making this a monumental piece of work. This will be useful around the world, particularly in Western cultures who so much need a document of this level of seriousness. Congratulations and thank you to this team for their dedication, organization, global perspective, and attention to detail.
The GIANT of Insects as Food for Humans
Dr. Gene DefoliartLink to Dr. Defoliart's Obituary
We will forever honor Dr. Gene Defoliart
Founder and Sustainer of The Food Insects Newsletter
Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Web link now on Video Clips Page (left panel) YouTube TEDxBozeman presentation by Dr. Florence Dunkel: "What's for Lunch?"
Filmed 23 March 2012, Bozeman MT.
We are concerned about our sustainable food practices right now and for the near future. We are concerned about overharvesting our oceans. We are concerned about running out of land, water, and fossil fuels, just to produce beef which is a much higher methane producer while Galleria and other land shrimp, the insects, are more nutritious and more efficient converters of food into protein. Try land shrimp. They are more nutritious and more gentle on the environment than beef. Open your world to other ways of knowing---knowledge developed over millennia by other-than-western cultures.
Persons attending the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference
"Assessing the Potential of Insects as Food and Feed
in Assuring Food Security"
Rome, Italy, 23-25 January 2012
Bug Buffet Article
24 February 2012 at Montana State University New Yorker Magazine Article Grub
August 15 & 22 2011 Edition
Eating Bugs to Save the Planet BY DANA GOODYEAR The Six-Legged Meat of the Future, Wall Street Journal
Dicke and van Huis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands View the SF Weekly Blog:
Eating Insects with San Francisco's New Mavens of Bug Cuisine
Please see new Coming Food Insects Events link entry (right panel)
Please see the YouTube links in the Video Clips page (link in left panel)
for the Food Insects Symposium at the annual meetings of the
Entomological Society of America, San Diego, December 2010.
Also please review the News page (link in left panel)
for other current articles in newspapers and magazines.
View Marcel Dicke's TED Presentation: "Why not eat insects?"
Link to Marcel Dicke's Web Site on TED
Link to Marcel Dicke's Research Web Site
Web site link: Insect Europe
Worldwide Entomophagy Events Calendar Web site link: Insects Are Food
Entomophagy is the Future Web site link: Girl Meets Bug
Edible Insects: the Eco-Logical Alternative