Farming crickets for human consumption is emerging as a promising novel and sustainable animal-source food production system. Cricket farming in Kenya first began in 2013. Adoption rates, however, have been slower than expected. In our recent paper, me and some of my colleagues from the former GREEiNSECT project present a pilot study of farmers’ awareness … Continue reading What determines farmers’ awareness and interest in adopting cricket farming?
Last week, I attended and spoke at the 1st African Conference on Edible Insects in Harare, Zimbabwe. During one of the tea breaks, I got chatting with an enthusiastic female farmer: "So, how did you learn about black soldier fly farming?" I asked. "I'm a 'Google' farmer," she procalimed with a toothy grin. Despite never … Continue reading The Rise of the ‘Google’ Farmer
Never shy away from setting ambitious goals! I just received this lovely email from a Senior Editor at Springer Nature Publishing: "I wanted to touch base to send congratulations since your book, Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems, just passed the 30,000 individual downloads mark. This is a major accomplishment since the average Springer book … Continue reading We’ve surpassed the 30,000 individual downloads mark!
I have just returned from a two week trip to China where I shared my time between scouting new food trends in Shanghai, presenting at the 2nd International Conference on Insects to Feed the World and promoting the Solutions Menu: A Nordic Guide to Sustainable Food Policy to representatives from the Nordic Consulates. Food trends in … Continue reading From vegetable vending machines to edible insects: searching for sustainable food in China
Two years ago we planted the seed for Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems and now the book is set to be published on May 18th... just in time for the Second Annual Insects to Feed the World Conference in Wuhan, China! The book is built around eight different sections on themes such as gastronomy, culture, … Continue reading Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems – Publication date: May 18th
If you haven't already tuned in to the BBC Food Programme, you are missing out. Every Sunday and Monday, Dan Saladino (Series Producer) and Shelia Dillon (Presenter) investigate every aspect of the food that we eat. From the humble origins of porridge to hunting with the Hazda in Tanzania this show is perfect for anyone … Continue reading BBC Food Programme
In April 2016, Roberto Flore and I met with two editors from Springer Nature, one of the largest academic publishers in the world. This exciting meeting sparked the beginning of an ambitious book project called Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems. On October 8th, we reached a major milestone in the book project when we sent … Continue reading New book on the way!