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Offline Johnnie F.

Thailand launches the 'bible' on insect farming
« on: May 22, 2013, 11:42:19 AM »
Thailand launches the 'bible' on insect farming

Thailand's pioneering advances over the past 15 years in commercial insect farming were made available yesterday in a new publication launched by the United Nations.

"It is hoped that by making this information accessible, others will fully recognise the potential of edible insects to contribute to food security," said Hiroyuki Konuma, regional representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The UN agency estimates that food production will need to increase 60 per cent from current levels to meet global food requirements by 2050, and has become a keen advocate of insect consumption.

"The world may face a food security crisis, but I think Thai people will survive because we know how to eat insects," said Yupa Hanboonsong, co-author of the book "Six-legged Livestock: Edible Insect Farming".

It outlines Thailand's success over the past 15 years in raising and domestically marketing three insect species - crickets, palm weevils and bamboo caterpillars. Its commercial production averages 7,500 tonnes a year.

Insects have long been part of the Thai diet, but academics and FAO officials are hoping they will become a more common source of protein and nutrients elsewhere.

"One great advantage of eating insects is they have very high efficiency in converting the food they eat into the food matter that humans can consume," said Patrick Durst, FAO senior forestry officer and a co-author of the book.

Insects are six times more efficient in converting food into edible body weight than livestock such as cattle, he said. They are also environmentally friendly.

"Raising insects requires a lot less land and water, and they emit less greenhouse gases," Durst said.

In both Asia and Europe, insects have increasingly been used as ingredients in processed foods, removing the squeamish factor of eating bugs.

"You don't have to look an insect in the eye when you eat it," Durst said. "When you eat a steak, it doesn't look like a cow."

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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Thailand launches the 'bible' on insect farming
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2013, 11:47:35 AM »
Indeed.

 

Offline thaiga

Re: Thailand is now the largest producer or edible insects
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2014, 09:17:09 PM »
BANGKOK: -- As the world discovers the culinary secrets that countries like Africa, Asia and Latin America have long known Thailand’s edible insects farming industry is taking off like never before.

As the world wakes up to insects that are very nutritious and can be very tasty growth in this market has become rapid. Thailand now has 20,000 insect farms that produce 7,500 tons of edible insects such as crickets and grasshoppers each year.

Comparatively, against other food stuffs, insects are pretty easy to produce and they are kind to the environment. It takes only two pounds of feed and one gallon of water to produce a pound of crickets which compared to the twenty five pounds of feed and two thousand nine hundred gallons of water you need beef, makes insects a great low impact alternative protein.

As well as the financial benefits there are health benefits too, crickets contain 12.9 grams of protein per 100 grams which is around half the protein contained in foodstuffs such as beef and chicken. Giant water beetles go one step further with 19.8 grams of protein per 100 grams and caterpillars have 28.2 grams of protein per 100 grams which is more than beef and chicken and as much as some fish.

Crickets have found their way to the US where cricket protein bars can be purchase as well as cricket flour that can be used for baking, and if the trend to use insects continues then Thailand could be sitting on an industry that could really take off!   samuitimes

Night food market in Thailand selling edible bugs. Eating insects in Krabi Thailand. Bizarre foods!
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