Pet food manufacturers are experimenting with insects instead of meat

January 22, 2019 by  
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It is now a well-established fact that there is a link between human meat consumption and climate change, thanks to the CO2 and methane emissions that come from raising and transporting cattle and pigs. Since pets are responsible for 20 percent of global meat consumption, some pet food manufacturers are turning to insects instead of beef to make their products. According to the BBC, one pet food manufacturer says that 40 percent of its new product is made from black soldier flies, which are an excellent source of sustainable protein. The food comes from UK startup Yora, but does it meet your dog’s nutritional needs? Pet diet expert at the Royal Veterinary College, Aarti Kathrani, says that the flies can be a useful part of your pet’s diet, but more research is needed. “Insects can be a very useful source of protein,” Kathrani said. “More studies are needed to show how much of these nutrients can actually be absorbed by a dog’s body— but some studies suggest that insects can provide nutrients for dogs.” Related: Can vegan pet food be good for the planet and your pet? Since they use a smaller percentage of water and land, flies do produce protein more efficiently than cows. However, the environmental effects of feeding your dog flies instead of meaty food go much deeper. Analysis results showed that when societies become wealthier, people opt to indulge muscle meat rather than meat from internal organs. Those organs, also known as offal, are just as nutritious, so it gets made into pet food. Which concludes that dog food is just as sustainable (or unsustainable) as human meat consumption. And, if we wean dogs off of meat and switch them to insects , what would we do with the offal? Insects in cat food can be a different story as cats tends to be more picky with their food because they can’t make taurine, an essential amino acid. They do get their taurine from meat and fish, but Dr. Kathrani says that there are insects that also contain taurine and could be useful for a feline diet. In addition to Yora, other competitors have popped up in the pet food market that are incorporating fly protein , including Insectdog, Entomapetfood, EnviroFlight, Chippin and Wilderharrier. Via BBC Images via Shutterstock

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A case for, and against, including insects in a sustainable diet

June 10, 2017 by  
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The surge of interest in edible insects might make them seem like a panacea for environmental problems. What is more likely is that no organism is inherently sustainable.

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Eco Insect Farming Thailand produces organic cricket flour for your baked goods

March 31, 2016 by  
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The edible insect market has been evolving in recent years. In May 2013, The FAO issued a report named ‘Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security’ that addressed the growing demand for proteins and the declining availability of resources. One proposed solution is to focus on under-utilized or under-appreciated food sources, such as edible insects, which could help us meet the future global demand for food. After all, edible insects are already used as a common source of food in many countries in the world. After reading the FAO’s report, French entrepreneur Raphael Samozino felt the immediate need to be involved in this race to promote new protein sources. He has been in the niche edible insect market since 2014 when he launched his startup EIF Thailand in the northern city of Chiang Mai. Read the rest of Eco Insect Farming Thailand produces organic cricket flour for your baked goods

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LIVIN Farms makes growing sustainable and healthy protein as easy as compost

November 12, 2015 by  
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Jungle Bar is a sustainable insect-infused protein bar

April 13, 2015 by  
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Icelandic startup  Crowbar Protein is crowdfunding sustainable protein bars made using edible insects. Jungle Bar is a protein bar made with dates, sesame, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, chocolate and cricket flour. The flour is made out of crickets that have been specially farmed for human consumption in a sustainable way, which are then dried and ground down to fine flour. Crowbar Protein co-founder Búi Aðalsteinsson created the Fly Factory last year and realized that there was a real demand for insect products. You can support Crowbar Protein‘s mission to create delicious food products made with edible insects and help educate people in western society about the individual and social benefits of eating edible insects by supporting their Kickstarter campaign here . + Crowbar Protein on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cricket flour , Crowbar Protein , Crowbar Protein crickets , edible crickets , edible insect protein bar , edible insects , Jungle Bar , Jungle Bar protein , kickstarter campaigns , reader submission

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Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside?

October 21, 2014 by  
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If you are like most Americans, the thought of biting into a nice, juicy cricket probably doesn’t hold much appeal. But many countries around the world consider insects to be a real treat. So how can we shift the perception from ‘yuk’ to ‘yum’? Sexyfood thinks they have the answer: by wrapping insects in gorgeous gold and black cans developed by Atelier Design, Sexyfood hopes to turn the lowly bug – including grasshoppers, waterbugs and scorpions – into a rare treat. Read the rest of Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eating insects , edible ants , edible crickets , edible insects , edible scorpions , edible waterbugs , exotic foods , insect dining , insect tasting , Sexyfood , Sexyfood canned insects , sexyfood foods , Sexyfood insects , Sexyfood packaging , Sexyfood tinned insects , sustainable eating , sustainable food

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World’s First “Pestaurant” Serves up Chocolate Dipped Ants and Salty Crickets in London

August 16, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Pigeons and crickets are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recently suggested eating more insects will secure our food supply in the future – but could you put a handful of BBQ-flavored mealworms in your mouth? A nine-year-old boy did just that in London recently at a popup “Pestaurant” run by Rentokil – a pest control company – and we’re sorry to report that he promptly lost his lunch. Read the rest of World’s First “Pestaurant” Serves up Chocolate Dipped Ants and Salty Crickets in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bbq-flavored mealworms , eating insects in the UK , edible insects , Food and Agriculture Organization , one day restaurant serves pests , pest management company’s restaurant , Pestaurant , pigeon burgers , popup pestaurant , Rentokil , UN        

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Image via Shutterstock Pigeons and crickets are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recently suggested eating more insects will secure our food supply in the future – but could you put a handful of BBQ-flavored mealworms in your mouth? A nine-year-old boy did just that in London recently at a popup “Pestaurant” run by Rentokil – a pest control company – and we’re sorry to report that he promptly lost his lunch. Read the rest of World’s First “Pestaurant” Serves up Chocolate Dipped Ants and Salty Crickets in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bbq-flavored mealworms , eating insects in the UK , edible insects , Food and Agriculture Organization , one day restaurant serves pests , pest management company’s restaurant , Pestaurant , pigeon burgers , popup pestaurant , Rentokil , UN        

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Mansour Ourasanah Designs a Vessel for Farming Edible Insects at Home

June 10, 2013 by  
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