This week, we discuss the exciting world of edible insects with Robert Nathan Allen from Little Herds.
Little Herds is an educational non-profit based in Austin, Texas teaching and spreading awareness about edible insects as a resource efficient, economically viable, nutritious and delicious food for us to eat, and as feed for the animal products that we consume.
We discuss the enormous potential of edible insects; how incorporating them into Western diets and food systems could help us meet the current and future nutritional and environmental demands and needs of a growing world population.
In this episode, you’ll hear all about:
- what edible insects are
- RNA’s love story with bugs
- The historical and cultural significance of edible insects across societies and cultures
- Western taboos towards insects and how we can overcome them
- first impressions and how they taste as I try them live on air!
- the nutritional benefits of edible insects compared to other livestock
- the resource efficiency of edible insects (feed conversion ratio, land and water use)
- the ethical argument for eating insects
- insects as feed for our livestock
- criticisms and concerns about edible insects
- RNA’s tips, tricks and suggestions about edible insects
- RNA’s Little Herds Website
- The insects I ate from Jimini's Edible insects company
- UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) 2013 ‘Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security’
- UC Davis Study. Lundy & Parrella (2015) 'Crickets are not a Free Lunch: Protein Capture from Scalable Organic Side-Streams via High-Density Populations of Acheta domesticus'