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CRICKETS, A SUPERFOOD

Cricket powder is a very interesting food both in terms of macronutrients (carbohydrate, lipids, proteins, fibres) and micronutrients (minerals and vitamins).

PROTEINS

Cricket powder is a food rich in proteins. In fact, by 100 g of powder, there is approximately 60 g of protein! In comparison, a 100 g beef steak contains around 20 to 30 g of protein, thus 2 to 3 times less.

But what about the quality ? Cricket proteins are complete: they possess the 9 essential amino acids in their structures.

Graph 1: Percentages of the daily essential amino acid requirements for a 65 kg person covered by 100 g of crickets

As one can observe on the graph above, 100 g of cricket powder covers the double and even the triple of the essential amino acids daily needs for a 65 kg individual. Thus, it is a food very rich in high quality proteins.

OMEGA 3 AND OMEGA 6

mega 3 and omega 6 are two fatty acids essential to our body. Since it can not synthesize them, it is thus important to ensure a steady supply in our diet. The organism use them as base element to form other molecules necessary for the proper functioning of the cells.

However, these two fatty acids compete in the process of assimilation and absorption. It is therefore important to be careful not to consume too much of one to the detriment of the other. A ratio ranging from 3: 1 to 10: 1 (omega 6: omega 3) is often recommended.

The cricket powder possesses these two fatty acids in the optimal ratio of 3: 1.

FIBRES

Fibres are carbohydrates usually contained in plant-based food. On the contrary of traditional animal proteins like beef or chicken, cricket possesses fibres, which confers him an advantage.

Fibres help in promoting a healthy digestive system. Eating high-fibre foods also helps you feel full for a longer time, which helps with appetite and weight control.

CALCIUM

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body and is stored at 99% in the skeleton, providing structure and support to our body. The last 1% is found in body fluids. Although this is only a small proportion, this calcium is vital to the metabolism as it contributes to blood clotting, hormones secretion, muscle contraction, and blood pressure. Adequate intake throughout life is therefore essential, both at structural and metabolic levels.

Integrating enough calcium into your diet is a crucial point during growth, when the skeleton grows and strengthens, but also later in life, to minimize the bone loss that occurs naturally with aging. In fact, when calcium intake is not sufficient, the body draws this mineral from bones, in order to maintain the adequate concentration in the body fluids required to meet the metabolic needs. This can weaken the skeleton, making the bones more fragile.

When practicing sports, it is important to have adequate calcium intake to maintain healthy bones that can support exercise and resist fractures.

IRON

Iron is a mineral essential to cell activity. Most iron used in the human body helps carrying oxygen in two main proteins: hemoglobin, making up red blood cells, and myoglobin, contained in muscle cells.

Iron, like many other nutrients, is only partially absorbed by our body. This is due to interactions with other elements also contained in food. For example, vitamin C increases the absorption of iron while tannin (vegetable substances) contained in tea or coffee decrease it.

It is also important to identify the two forms of iron present in food: heme iron and non-heme iron, derived respectively from animals and plants. This latter is absorbed in smaller amount than the previous one, 17% against 25%.

Iron deficiency is the most common deficiency in the world. About 10% of children, adolescents and women of childbearing age are iron deficient in the United States. It induces recurrent fatigue during physical activities as well as headaches.

Iron is a very important mineral for athletes. In fact, it is at the origin of oxygen transportation in the blood, from the lungs to the different tissues of the human body.

POTASSIUM

Potassium is a mineral used by the body to maintain the balance of fluids and electrolytes, and is also involved in preserving cells integrity. A diet low in sodium and high in potassium reduces blood pressure and therefore can help preventing hypertension.

Potassium deficiency results in increased blood pressure, renal calculi and muscle weakness.

After an effort, a potassium intake can help with hydratation because the latter, regulating the balance of fluids in our body, is lost in perspiration.

VITAMIN B12

Vitamin B12 is usually found in products of animal origin such as meat, fish, eggs, milk and crickets!

It has various functions in our body. Alone, it helps protecting nerve fibres and promoting their growth, and it is involved in the metabolism of bone cells. Coupled with vitamin B9, also called folate, it is essential to many enzymatic reactions involved in the various synthesis, including those of DNA, red blood cells and the non-essential amino acid methionine.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is characterized by megaloblastic anemia (red blood cells are taller than normal and therefore less effective), fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Source: näak

Our first modern cricket and BSF farm is soon ready for production start

Global Bugs is proud to announce that our first modern farm for crickets and Black Soldier Flies is soon ready for production start.

The drivers for the Edible Insects Market are:

  • Insect rearing involves low capital investment as compared to other conventional livestock rearing such as that for beef, pork, and chicken.
  • Substantial increase in global population and decreasing resources is expected to drive demand for alternative food sources.
  • Insects are a highly nutritious and a healthy food source with high content of nutrients (fats, protein, vitamins, fiber and minerals) required by humans.
  • Insects have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint over their entire life cycle.
  • Insects have a low risk of transmitting zoonotic diseases (diseases transmitted from animals to humans) such as H1N1 (bird flu) and BSE (mad cow disease).
  • Insects contain higher protein and nutrients and micronutrients such as copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium and zinc, and fatty acids in comparison to meat and fish products. Insects are particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children as it is easier to digest.
  • Insect production is less water-intensive in comparison to other conventional meat production.

Edible Insects Market – Global Industry Size, Market Share, Trends, Analysis, and Forecast 2016 – 2024

Global Bugs to increase the efforts and investments in Black Soldier Fly R&D activities

Global Bugs Asia Co., Ltd. has officially opened our new Black Soldier Flies (BSF) Research & Development Unit at our new farm for production of Crickets and BSF in Thailand.

The result of our R&D in Thailand will be primarily used in an ongoing project together with Almhaga AB (that can be read in detail via this link, in Swedish only).

For more information about this project, please contact our Chief Marketing Officer Mr. Peter Arndt using email address peter.arndt(a)globalbugs.se

Hua Hin, Thailand, 2017 07 07

Global Bugs och Almhaga AB i spännande samarbetsprojekt – Att frigöra potentialen av insektsprotein som del i djurfoder

Global Bugs och Almhaga AB i samarbete där ändrade regler, mer forskning och kommersiellt tillgängliga produkter innebär att insekter i fiskfoder blir verklighet från 1a juli.

Global Bugs och Almhaga AB har tillsammans startat ett ekoprojekt för att odla “black soldier fly” (BSF) i syfte att använda slutprodukten som fiskfoder i ett internt kretslopp inom Almhaga Gård. Varje år skapas inom gården 1500 ton biprodukter av lök. En del av dessa biprodukter har sedan en tid använts i ett forskningsprojekt med BSF mellan Global Bugs Asia (Thailand) och Almhaga AB (Skåne) för att se om resultatet är tillfredsställande nog för att bearbeta och kommersialisera BSF som fiskfoder. Fiskfodret är tänkt att användas av Almhaga AB i deras satsning på egen fiskodling för produktion och försäljning till befintliga kunder som bl.a. ICA och AXFOOD m.fl.

I EU har det huvudsakliga hindret för kommersiell användning av insektsproteiner varit lagstiftning, men från den 1a juli 2017 kommer insekter som del i fiskfoder att godkännas.

Global Bugs tillför projektet mångårig kompetens och erfarenhet från insektsodling i Thailand. Tillsammans med Almhaga tar vi ytterligare ett kliv framåt och ser till att de oerhört stora miljömässiga fördelarna nu också kan tillvaratas i Sverige. Odlingen kommer att ske i en eller flera ISO-containers, vilket innebär att den är både mobil och skalbar.

Följ våra framsteg i Sverige och Thailand via LinkedIN och vår blogg på global bugs’ hemsida

 

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

With a history since 2011, Global Bugs is now entering a new phase and is setting up our brand new R&D cricket and black soldier fly (BSF) farm, just outside Hua Hin in Thailand.

Presently we have started the casting of the foundation which will be finished in July. Thereafter, the building for farming and processing of crickets and BSF will be constructed. Beside this, machines and necessary equipment are ordered, ready to be installed when the R&D farm is ready for production.

With focus on R&D and the right balance in feed for the best protein quality we will be able to produce 8,000-10,000 tons / month with a start in the 4th quarter 2017. For wholesale customers and partners, we presently work directly with old customers in Asia and Australia, but discussions are also held with new customers in EU and US as well.

The new R&D cricket and BSF farm is a result of long hard work, analyzing the potential to breed crickets and BSF in a more advanced manner, compared to the present old-fashion farming methods.

“It is a big moment says Rickard Engberg, Chief Innovation Officer at Global Bugs and for all parties participating in the project”.

Rickard further says that “since the beginning of 2011, the team and I have put a lot of effort to make this happen, and to finally see the first modern farm being built, is very emotional”.

Since the forming of Global Bugs in June 2016 and the concept of our future full scale EntoPark™ taking place, things really speeded up. In just a couple of month we got the basic funding to start the construction of the R&D farm. Presently we are in close dialogue with partners and investors that will contribute to the development of the first full scale EntoPark™ that we plan to have in place by the end of 2018.

Keep yourself updated about our progress by following Global Bugs via our blog.

Peter Arndt / Chief Marketing Officer

European Commission OKs insect protein for aquafeed

But one company says more must be done to allow insects in pig, poultry feed

The European Commission has officially authorized insect-based protein for aquaculture feed, with the regulation text to come into effect on July 1.

European Union regulations will now allow insect protein to be fed to farmed fish, but at least one company says the European Commission should act to allow safe and sustainable insect-based feedstock to be used in the pork and poultry industries.

“We welcome the European Commission’s official ruling on this important reform for the aquaculture industry,” said nextProtein co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Syrine Chaalala. “With the vast majority of farmed fish relying on fishmeal and the depletion of our marine ecosystems, insect-based proteins offer the aquaculture industry a more sustainable way to ensure fish for human consumption.”

NextProtein, a French-Tunisian agritech startup, said “more must be done to ensure outdated regulations do not slow progress in such a vital field of sustainable agriculture.”

“What must now be a priority is ensuring outdated regulations are amended to ensure safe and sustainable insect proteins can be used in the poultry and pork industries,” said nextProtein co-founder and CEO Mohamed Gastli said. “Insect proteins are one of the most abundant sources of alternative proteins but until now the legal framework covering insect proteins needs has yet to fully catch up to the future of what businesses like ours can offer to modern agriculture.

“We now need the European Commission to amend regulations to include the poultry and pork industries and ensure safe and sustainable insect proteins, which are created using significantly less land, water and energy resources, with less greenhouse gas emissions.”

The European Food Safety Authority in 2015 published a risk profile on the use of insects as human food and animal feed, addressing and comparing various potential hazards. It noted that risks would very much depend on production methods, substrate, life cycle stage at harvesting, species and methods used for processing.

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