Posts Tagged: crickets
One potato, two potato, three potato...four... Well, make that "one potato bug, two potato bugs, three potato bugs...four." The potato bug, also...
A potato bug, aka Jerusalem cricket, at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Fact: Eighty percent of the world's population eat insects. Fact: At least 80 percent of those attending the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open...
Cousins Aryanna Nicole Torres, 8, of Woodland and Aaden Matthew Brazelton, 8, of Vacaville, get ready to eat insects. Their grandmother, UC Davis employee Elvira Galvan Hack of Dixon, accompanied them to the museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Eager eaters--this brother and sister from Dixon loved eating insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These youngsters enjoyed holding the critters from the live "petting zoo." They included Madagascar hissing cockroaches and walking sticks. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A close-up of the earthworms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This display, "Bug Buffet," featuring appetizers and entrees, drew lots of interest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Take the creative and collaborative minds of students studying design and entomology at the University of California, Davis. Add an innovative...
Graphic design examples by UC Davis student Emily Liu comprise her business system revolving around crickets: "Chirpies."
Silkscreen work hanging on a wire. It will be displayed June 6 at an art exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Environmental Horticulture courtyard.
Demonstrating the silkscreen process are Gale Okumura (back) and Diane Ullman, partially seen.
Take a look at the insect below. "It's a cricket," you say. Correct. It is a cricket. But it doesn't belong there. Why? It's the wrong cricket....
What's wrong with this picture? This is not a field cricket but a house cricket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee and a cricket sharing the same blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
For the study, published in the journal PLOS One, the researchers raised crickets on five different diets - corn, soy, grain, food waste and crop residue. They measured the crickets' size and how much edible protein they produced.
“I think the sustainability claims on this topic have been overstated given the current state of knowledge,” wrote UC ANR Cooperative Extension agronomy advisor Mark Lundy in an e-mail to Time. “I'm all for exploring alternatives, and I am impressed by the amount of innovation that has sprung up around insect cultivation and cuisine in the last few years. However, I also think we need to be clear-eyed about what the sustainability gains are and aren't, and focus our innovative efforts and limited resources to where they will have the most lasting impact.”
Lundy conducted the research and published the results with horticultural entomologist Michael Parrella, a professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. The story generated a great deal of news media coverage, including:
The environmental benefits of eating crickets vs. chicken: It's complicated
Brooke Borel, Popular Science, April 22
Humans Are Ready For Protein-Rich Crickets, But Are Crickets Ready For Us?
Rex Macadangdang, Tech Times, April 19
Crickets can't replace Meat in Human Diet: Study
Luis Georg, Perfect Science, April 18
Turns out, crickets may not be the solution to all of our problems
Lindsay Abrams, Salon, April 17
Crickets aren't ready to replace meat
Pat Bailey, Futurity.org, April 17
Crickets aren't the miracle source of protein
Kathy Keatley Garvey, Phys.org, April 16
Crickets Aren't the Superfood They're Cracked Up to Be
Alissa Walker, Gizmodo.com, April 16
Maybe crickets aren't the food of the future, after all
Alexis Madrigal, Fusion.net, April 16
Crickets Alone Will Not Save You, Futurist Foodies Robbie Gonzalez, i09/We Come From the Future, April 20
Crickets Are Not a Free Lunch
Entomology Today, April 15