Nonprofits in Texas and Colorado team up to create insect farming resource to fight global food insecurity
Little Herds (Austin) and Seeds Of Action (Grand Junction) launched #BugsEndHunger on May 1 with 30+ startups in the Insects for Food and Feed industry. The campaign runs through July 31 to promote the health and environmental benefits of adding insects into the American diet and fund the creation of the Farming Insects Guide (FIG).
To show how normal bugs-for-dinner could be, Seeds Of Action founders Naomi and Jeremy Connor, and their kids Silas, Abby, Chloe and Jesse, are eating bugs in May and sharing their journey online. Jeremy will be eating insects everyday as his primary protein source and tracking the effects on his health.
“I am excited to lead by example and eat this traditional, healthy food source,” explains Jeremy.
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization 2013 report “Edible Insects – Future prospects for food and feed security,” explores feeding a growing global population by 2050, arguing the health and nutritional benefits of insects; the environmental benefits of adopting insects as a resource efficient livestock; and insect farming’s potential to create food and economic security for women, children and communities in areas facing malnutrition.
The Open-Source FIG will illustrate how to farm insects using pictures to easily cross language barriers or be adapted to different insect species, regions, cultures and communities.
“Giving the next generation a level up is personal for us. We took our first step by choosing adoption for our fourth child. Now we’re taking our next step by working on sustainable solutions to end malnutrition for children around the world,” says Naomi.
#BugsEndHunger also highlights other projects using insect farming to combat hunger, such as MealFlour, Farms For Orphans and MIGHTi.
Campaign supporters include insect trailblazers like Entomo Farms, Exo, Chapul, Chirps, Aketta, BugEater Foods, RMMRanch, Lithic Nutrition, One Hop Kitchen, Tiny Farms, Merci Mercado, EatGrub, The Bug Chef and Bugible, as well as organizations like Woven Network, AFFIA and NACIA (formerly NAEIC).
Join Naomi, Jeremy and the kids as they live, laugh, and learn about eating insects by following along at BugsEndHunger.com.