Skip to comments.Six legs tasty: First edible insect farm opens in US
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.
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This seems gross, but logical.
I’m for more of this.
Kind of a Soylent Brown, eh?
” where they will prosper until being killed, ground into “flour” and baked into cookies and tortilla chips.”
Wasn’t this how soylent green started?
No, just no.
Remember the emu/ostrich craze?
Well, if John the Baptist could get by on locus
Fine waste of fish bait.
I’m not against eating bugs.
Not strongly for it, but it seems perfectly aok.
“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.
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?
The Breakfast of Liberals!
Now with added mouse droppings.
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.
Sounds like a good protein snack. But no chocolate covering. Maybe baked with a crushed almond topping.
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.
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
“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”.
Had best be WELL LABLED for Avoidance !
How long before Michelle puts this on the school lunch menu?
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.
***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.
And in two generations, they will be as fat as we are.
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.
they ought to be deported along with anyone that eats the things!
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.
I like the Thai roasted chicken but the kids go for KFC.
They are fortunate in not being able to usually afford KFC but I’ve seen more heavyweights in the last few years.
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?
“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”.
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.