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Six legs tasty: First edible insect farm opens in US
NewScientist via WorldNetDaily ^ | May 23, 2014 | Hal Hodson

Posted on 05/25/2014 2:04:25 PM PDT by upbeat5

A TWITCHING mass of European house crickets clings to a maze of meshed cardboard in a tent about the size of a minivan. They are inside their new home, an abandoned warehouse in Youngstown, Ohio, where they will prosper until being killed, ground into "flour" and baked into cookies and tortilla chips.

These are the first insects in the US to be farmed for human consumption. Big Cricket Farms, the company running the warehouse, is working with insect food start-up Six Foods in Boston, who will make the cricket chips (pictured right) – which they call "chirps" – and cookies. They are among many adventurous eaters hoping to carve out a niche for a protein-rich, environmentally friendly food source that could transform the modern diet.

Laura D'Asaro and Rose Wang, who founded Six Foods, plan to get around the yuck factor with insect-based foods that don't look like the creepy-crawlies they come from. Their cricket flour is about 70 per cent protein by weight – the idea is to blend it into recipes for chips and cookies alongside the other typical ingredients. The foods come out looking and tasting like things people are already used to eating, only with a boost in nutritional value.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crickets; farm; insects

1 posted on 05/25/2014 2:04:25 PM PDT by upbeat5
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To: upbeat5

This seems gross, but logical.

I’m for more of this.


2 posted on 05/25/2014 2:06:15 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Kind of a Soylent Brown, eh?


3 posted on 05/25/2014 2:13:33 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: upbeat5

” where they will prosper until being killed, ground into “flour” and baked into cookies and tortilla chips.”

Wasn’t this how soylent green started?


4 posted on 05/25/2014 2:19:29 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: upbeat5

No, just no.


5 posted on 05/25/2014 2:19:42 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Remember the emu/ostrich craze?


6 posted on 05/25/2014 2:20:50 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: upbeat5

Well, if John the Baptist could get by on locus
ts...


7 posted on 05/25/2014 2:20:54 PM PDT by ExcursionGuy84
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To: upbeat5

Fine waste of fish bait.


8 posted on 05/25/2014 2:21:13 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Mastador1

I’m not against eating bugs.

Not strongly for it, but it seems perfectly aok.

:D


9 posted on 05/25/2014 2:22:24 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: GeronL

“Remember the emu/ostrich craze?”

Yes, but again no. I *might* try and ostrich egg. Those things are huge! But I love eggs, they are pretty much my favorite food, so I’d try an ostrich one.


10 posted on 05/25/2014 2:31:27 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: upbeat5

So, where does PETA stand on this important issue? Surely they can intercede and tell us what we can and can’t do on this. Shouldn’t bugs be “range fed” rather than forcibly crowded into inhumane feedlots?


11 posted on 05/25/2014 2:40:22 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: upbeat5

Crickets!
The Breakfast of Liberals!
Now with added mouse droppings.


12 posted on 05/25/2014 2:48:28 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I have heard that some with the right seasoning and toasting are tasty, never had any but that’s what I hear.Lots of people in other countries eat them daily, the protein you are raised with is what’s normal.


13 posted on 05/25/2014 2:59:32 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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Sounds like a good protein snack. But no chocolate covering. Maybe baked with a crushed almond topping.


14 posted on 05/25/2014 3:11:41 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Mastador1

In Thailand, you can get all kinds of bugs at the night market. Nowadays, however it is almost entirely for the tourist except for the bamboo worms and ants eggs. The younger crowd goes for KFC.


15 posted on 05/25/2014 3:13:05 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: upbeat5

It’s just a front. Think soylent cricket. The USDA recently
approved horses for human consumption. Dog is OK in Mexico
and if Moochell has her way cats aren’t safe either./s


16 posted on 05/25/2014 3:13:11 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“This seems gross, but logical.”

Yea. And for some so does soylent green.
So from now on when you laugh, start with an “H”
instead of an “M”.


17 posted on 05/25/2014 3:15:31 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: upbeat5

Had best be WELL LABLED for Avoidance !


18 posted on 05/25/2014 3:22:36 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had ENOUGH Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: upbeat5

How long before Michelle puts this on the school lunch menu?


19 posted on 05/25/2014 3:30:19 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: upbeat5
Chickens eat bugs, so you don't have to.


20 posted on 05/25/2014 3:33:28 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: JimSEA

If My only choices were roasted bugs or KFC I think I would go for the bugs, at least you would know what you were eating.


21 posted on 05/25/2014 3:38:54 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: upbeat5

***where they will prosper until being killed, ground into “flour” ***

They tried this with fish about 45 years ago. It was called “fish flour” Fresh caught fish was ground up not cleaned, dried and processed into “flour”.

The FDA shut them down by requiring the fish to be cleaned before processing.


22 posted on 05/25/2014 3:43:05 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: JimSEA
 The younger crowd goes for KFC.

And in two generations, they will be as fat as we are.

23 posted on 05/25/2014 3:53:49 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: upbeat5

Peter Graves knew how to grow great big bugs. You could feed an entire town with one of his grasshoppers.
Too bad he couldn’t get FDA approval because they detected a little background radiation.


24 posted on 05/25/2014 4:15:21 PM PDT by Zuse (I am disrupted! I am offended! I am insulted! I am outraged!)
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To: upbeat5

they ought to be deported along with anyone that eats the things!


25 posted on 05/25/2014 4:17:41 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: jocon307

Now I have to ask what’s in the cookies before I can say ‘pass the cookies, please’?...Geez...I did not sign up for this.


26 posted on 05/25/2014 5:09:29 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Mastador1

I like the Thai roasted chicken but the kids go for KFC.


27 posted on 05/25/2014 7:27:52 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Labyrinthos

They are fortunate in not being able to usually afford KFC but I’ve seen more heavyweights in the last few years.


28 posted on 05/25/2014 7:29:44 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: upbeat5
"...says Rozin. 'If Pepsico starts using cricket flour as 3 per cent of Cheetos, then you've got a major impact.'"

Well, well. Look where the Malthusian experiment is headed first, and probably without full disclosure in labeling. And you know, before then, celebrities will be going on and on about how delicious and good the buggy products are.

Have fun. Enjoy the buzz. And remember, you are what you eat.


29 posted on 05/25/2014 9:01:15 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: upbeat5

It’s highly unlikely, BTW, that an operation for insects intended for human consumption would be cost-effective. Think costs per 25 lbs. or so—a week’s worth of food for one at the most. That’s a lot of bugs that take much space and consume much. Imagine enough bugs and space for them to feed many people year ‘round.

They only want as many people as possible to eat some very small portions of bugs in bug meal. The question is, “Why?” Well, what might go through bugs and affect many at some selected point in time?


30 posted on 05/25/2014 9:15:22 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

“They tried this with fish about 45 years ago. It was called “fish flour” Fresh caught fish was ground up not cleaned, dried and processed into “flour”.
The FDA shut them down by requiring the fish to be cleaned before processing.”

That’s what I was thinking. Bugs’ bodies and surroundings are full of bug waste. That doesn’t sound very good. Tell Moochelle, “You first”.


31 posted on 05/25/2014 9:25:40 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

There is a grass to protein ration and for cows it is 10 pounds of grass produces 1 pound of protein and for insects it is 1.1 pounds of grass to 1 pound of protein.

Efficient creation of protein.


32 posted on 05/25/2014 10:06:05 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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