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Unconventional Kitchen Appliance Breeds Insects for Food
Tree Hugger ^ | Kimberley Mok

Posted on 09/19/2013 3:34:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway

As global meat consumption and demand continue to rise, it's clear that there will be increasingly severe environmental impacts associated with the growing demand, from using arable land for growing animal feed to the release of potent greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide. While some may say alternative diets like vegetarianism maybe the answer, in her proposed kitchen gadget University of Vienna grad designer Katarina Unger turns to an unlikely -- and possibly unnerving -- untapped source of protein: insects.

Unger's Farm 432 is a small-scale fly incubator that fits on your kitchen counter, which "enables people to turn against the dysfunctional system of current meat production by growing their own protein source." In particular, Unger focused on black soldier fly larvae as her research showed that they are the most efficient insect converters of protein at 42 percent, plus a lot of calcium and amino acids.

Here's how it works: fly larvae are dropped into the machine's top chamber, where they develop into adults and move into another, larger chamber, where they mate and reproduce. These new larvae drop down into a "kindergarten" area, where they are matured and harvested through a removable cup. Some of these larvae are re-introduced in the machine, starting the cycle again. A video of the prototype:

While the idea of eating insect larvae may leave some squeamish, there are numerous cultures where insect-eating is not so unconventional. Unger tells Dezeen that black soldier fly is but one of 1,000 edible insect species:

The larvae I bred have a very distinctive taste. When you cook them, they smell a bit like cooked potatoes. The consistency is a bit harder on the outside and like soft meat on the inside. The taste is nutty and a bit meaty.

With my design I am proposing a new lifestyle. It's about a potential new western culture of insect eating and breeding... It is really about making people see that there is a great variety of food on our planet that we rarely consider.

We say, why not. Culinary tastes are but a cultural construct, and with the right flavourings and ingredients (and in an adventurous spirit that you're doing some good) a lot of seemingly unpalatable things may actually become acceptable. So this bold idea might come to your kitchen counter someday, as Unger is now looking for manufacturers to collaborate with for further development. More over at Katarina Unger's website.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bugs; food; thrifty

1 posted on 09/19/2013 3:34:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows
In these tough economic times, everyone is looking for ways to save:


2 posted on 09/19/2013 3:34:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’m thinking she was inspired by her father Felix’s toaster.


3 posted on 09/19/2013 3:36:22 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: nickcarraway

Some people may secretly be reptiles, but I am not.

4 posted on 09/19/2013 3:36:42 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: nickcarraway

Consider that extreme prepper material.


5 posted on 09/19/2013 3:37:57 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: BykrBayb

Oops. That would be his roommate Felix Unger. Nevermind.


6 posted on 09/19/2013 3:38:29 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: nickcarraway

Old meat in a bowl will pull off the same thing for much less.


7 posted on 09/19/2013 3:39:48 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: nickcarraway

THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!!!

Cities that have global warming initiatives should pass laws that all civil servants eat this for lunch. All civic functions must serve this as well!! The mayor and their family should eat these everyday also!


8 posted on 09/19/2013 3:40:15 PM PDT by Darteaus94025 (Phony President)
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To: nickcarraway
Miley Cyrus would love this for snacks. She could snatch the flies right out of the air with her tongue.


9 posted on 09/19/2013 3:41:17 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: nickcarraway

Should give the cat something to watch while the hoomans are gone.


10 posted on 09/19/2013 3:42:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statemeYup. My first thought as wt of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

I had a kitchen range that bred cockroaches, is this something like that?


11 posted on 09/19/2013 3:43:31 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Kartographer
This ones for you bud! ;)

or is it: this bud is for you?

12 posted on 09/19/2013 3:45:10 PM PDT by Errant
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To: nickcarraway
Over the years scientists have been exploring the possibilities of creating food using 3D printing technologies. And now it seems the future that you can easily print health food at home is not that far. PhD researcher Marin Sawa is currently working on her 'Algaerium Bioprinter', a device where particular algae combinations can be printed according to nutritional needs.

Soon you can 3D print health food at home with Algaerium Bioprinter

13 posted on 09/19/2013 3:47:34 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: nickcarraway

14 posted on 09/19/2013 3:48:30 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Better gave a little extra wasabi.


15 posted on 09/19/2013 3:50:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I think I’m going to erp now!


16 posted on 09/19/2013 3:50:06 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hmmm, I wonder what Aristotle (well-known proponent of Spontaneous Generation) would think of this thing?


17 posted on 09/19/2013 3:50:18 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: nickcarraway
I'd probably go for Australian Witchetty Grubs myself. After tasting them a connoisseur said:

"The [fire-roasted] worm's skin is crispy and light; the flesh is creamy and delicate. Witchetty grub tastes like nut-flavored scrambled eggs and mild mozzarella, wrapped in a phyllo dough pastry. … This is capital-D Delicious. Maybe my idea of circling the globe seeking out cultures that eat bugs isn't so crazy after all."

On second thought...

18 posted on 09/19/2013 3:52:47 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: nickcarraway

A much better system for meat production using fly larvae is to pick up road kill on your commute or daily travels. Toss the critter in a plastic storage tub until you get back to the homestead. Remove critter and place on a shelf on a 6-8 foot pole inside your chicken run. Using a bucket to cover the carcass (off the body but keeping rain and scavenger birds away), allow nature and other flies to lay their eggs on the carcass. When the eggs hatch and the larvae emerge, you will have an automatic protein vending system that will last until the decaying roadkill is little more than hair and bones. The chickens, of course, will love the rain of delicacies and convert them to delicious fare for the family table. Mmm-good!

One proviso: keep the roadkill digester and the chicken run well away from the house or recreational areas.


19 posted on 09/19/2013 3:55:18 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (You hear it here first.)
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To: nickcarraway

ENTOMOPHAGY IS MURDER


20 posted on 09/19/2013 3:59:41 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (John 15:19)
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To: nickcarraway

I only eat non-GMO black soldier fly larvae. I once ate GMO black soldier fly larvae and I found out they had a genetic variation that created gluten which caused my feces to glow in the dark.


21 posted on 09/19/2013 4:02:26 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Jeff Chandler; nickcarraway

We don't need no "death panels " !!


We'll have SOYLENT GREEN for dinner !


22 posted on 09/19/2013 4:29:12 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: nickcarraway

These are extremely bright people working in the wrong direction. Someone that they respect should tap them on the shoulder and tell them that their assumptions are incorrect.


23 posted on 09/19/2013 4:43:56 PM PDT by Wingy
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To: Jeff Chandler

Jeff, you are spot on.. Bugs have feelings too.. I’ve tested it.. If you burn an ant with a cigarette, they frantically, run around in little circles.. FYI, If you don’t smoke, you may not know that..

My puter screen is getting all fuzzy now.. Oh the horror.. snifff


24 posted on 09/19/2013 4:50:22 PM PDT by carlo3b (Speechless in Sugar Land)
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To: JoeProBono; count-your-change

CYC, Joe, if you two need it I have a wonderful recipe for;
LA CUCARACHA MARINARA..


25 posted on 09/19/2013 5:06:19 PM PDT by carlo3b (Speechless in Sugar Land)
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To: RightGeek

She’s a freak of nature. I didn’t believe in Reptilians... until now.


26 posted on 09/19/2013 5:09:04 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little Sgirl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: nickcarraway

27 posted on 09/19/2013 7:17:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: carlo3b

28 posted on 09/19/2013 7:25:24 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Lazamataz

29 posted on 09/19/2013 7:29:43 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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