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Insects as Protein Alternative

With a growing demand for protein, and the lack of new farmland to raise more livestock, speakers at a symposium in Chicago suggested insects could become an attractive alternative to animal protein sources.

Founder of All Things Bugs, LLC Aaron Dossey told the group that with a raising population and increases in protein demand, “insects are a very nutritional alternative.”

Improving Cricket Farming to Feed More People

Innovations to raise edible insects more efficiently will drive down the cost of this promising food commodity that is growing in popularity in North America and Europe.

Cricket-farm

ATHENS, GEORGIA, JULY 7 2015 – New research begins today in the first U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded project to focus on insect farming for human food, concentrating on improving efficiency and lowering costs in farming crickets.

With around 25 U.S. and Canadian companies currently producing consumer products with cricket powder (finely ground crickets in a flour like form), a handful of industrial farms raise crickets for human consumption. The processes involved in farming these nutritious edible insects remain primarily manual, with labor costs in particular keeping the price of cricket powder at over $25 per pound.

The cricket farming research, led by Georgia-based company, All Things Bugs, will study how to increase automation in raising crickets. With a particular focus on harvesting, watering and feed formulations, end goals are to enhance cricket growth while lowering the cost of raising them, which in turn can decrease the price of cricket powder.

According to All Things Bugs‘ founder and lead researcher on the project, Dr. Aaron T. Dossey, “In order for this growing industry to fulfill its potential, innovations must help cricket farmers raise these ‘minilivestock’ more efficiently and thus drive down prices for the food industry. Ultimately crickets and other insects will be the lowest cost animal-based protein on the market.”

This US$100,000 grant is the third the company has received from the USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

All Things Bugs’ previous funded projects have included $100,000 from the Gates Foundation to help alleviate child malnutrition via the use of insect ingredients, $100,000 from the USDA SBIR to further develop a “ready to use food” from insect ingredients and insect processing techniques. The company also received a $450,000 USDA SBIR grant to refine the patent pending technology Dr. Dossey invented to manufacture cricket powder and evaluate its functionality as a safe food
ingredient.

The Gates Foundation funded project inspired Dr. Dossey to start All Things Bugs, which in 2014 became the largest insect based food producer in the world. The company produced and sold approximately 10,000 pounds of cricket powder in its first year of operation and will produce approximately 25,000 pounds in 2015.

According to the United Nations, so-called “house crickets” (Acheta domesticus) are just one of over 2000 species of insects already eaten around the world. Requiring 10 times less feed than cattle while producing a similar amount of protein, as much calcium as milk and high levels of many vitamins and minerals, crickets are a sustainable, nutritious food source for an increasing human population.

Dr. Dossey will present results from his current insect based food research at the 2015 Institute of Food Technologists conference and Expo in Chicago on July 13, 2015. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1LSXwNx

About All Things Bugs, LLC

All Things Bugs, LLC is currently the world’s largest insect-based food company. All Things Bugs utilizes insects as “Low-Crawling Fruit,” by developing insect-based food and feed products, insect farming technologies and insect-derived biologically active chemical compounds for use in agriculture and medicine. Learn more at www.allthingsbugs.com

About USDA SBIR
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality, advanced concepts research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. Learn more at http://nifa.usda.gov/program/small-business-innovation-research-program.

Learn more at www.allthingsbugs.com

Contact: Dr. Aaron T. Dossey, Founder, All Things Bugs LLC

info@allthingsbugs.com, 1-352-281-3643

Dr. Aaron T. Dossey Speaking at IFT Chicago

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Athens, Georgia— Dr. Aaron T. Dossey from All Things Bugs will explore the use of insect-based foods at IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation, July 13, 2015 in Chicago. This event is hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists.

Despite billions of pounds of insects produced for the pet food and animal feed industry, a huge global potential exists for nutritious food and ingredient production from insects. The “Insect Based Foods: Views From Different Perspectives” session will cover some of the recent advances in rearing mass quantities of insects for foods and ingredients, as well as regulatory and economic aspects of this emerging industry.

The session will be held on July 13 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am in room N427a at the McCormick Place South at IFT15.

According to the United Nations, there are over 2000 species of insects regularly already eaten around the world. Raising edible insects requires less feed than cattle while producing a similar amount of protein, as much calcium as milk and high levels of many vitamins and minerals. Edible insects represent an untapped, sustainable and nutritious food source for an increasing human population.

This month, Dr. Dossey also begins new research in the first U.S. Department of Agriculture funded project to focus on insect farming for All Things Bugs www.allthingsbugs.com info@allthingsbugs.com // (352) 281-3643 human food, concentrating on improving efficiency and lowering costs in farming crickets.

More than 20,000 top food science and technology professionals from more than 90 countries, representing the most prominent organizations in the global food sector will come together at IFT15 to feature the very latest food products, the hottest food trends and the most important developments in the world of food science.

Scientific and applied education sessions will address hot topics in food safety, product development, food health and nutrition, environmental sustainability, and novel processing and packaging. Over 100
educational sessions and 1,000 poster presentations will provide information on the latest developments and trends in food science.

For more information about IFT15 visit: http://www.am-fe.ift.org/cms/.

About All Things Bugs, LLC

All Things Bugs, LLC is currently the world’s largest insect-based food company. All Things Bugs utilizes insects as “Low-Crawling Fruit,” by developing insect-based food and feed products, insect farming technologies and insect-derived biologically active chemical compounds for use in agriculture and medicine.

Learn more at www.allthingsbugs.com

Contact: Dr. Aaron T. Dossey, Founder, All Things Bugs LLC

info@allthingsbugs.com, 1-352-281-3643

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1 Pound Sample Bags Now Available

NEW sample bags starting at $39 per pound. Check out our products today! Contact us about Discounts our 30 pound bags for larger volume orders. info@allthingsbugs.com

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