Share research data with team
Our team members found their own data. For example, we divided into three groups, nutrition value team, economic value team, and marketing plan team. After we prepared the data, we post on white-board and share with team members. It makes us easy to catch concepts each different topics. It was really helpful to develop our future plan.
Make Reserach Plan! - Interview
Here is our research (interview) plan.
While doing some research for this project, we came up with several questions:
-'How to make a marketing plan?'
-'How to improve recognition of edible insects?'
-'What is current trend of research?'
-'social media&broadcasting data?'
We are trying to answer these questions by having a interview with an expert who specializes in entomophagy.
What the Challenge Means to Us: FOOD
While eating bug may sound extremely bizarre to many of you, there are, in fact many countries and cultures that consume insects for a living. In 2013, UN Food and Agriculture Organization reported that there are over 1900 edible insect species on Earth and hundreds are already part of the diet in some parts of the world, along with market size of $33 billion. For example, in Mexico, Agave worms, also known as the maguey worm, are part of daily meal. These are also used to prove the authenticity and alcohol content of tequila. Many types of ants are edible. In some parts of Australia, Honeypot ants are eaten raw and they are known as an “excellent food” for them. Lemon ants are known to taste just as their names suggest, as well as Leafcutter ants, which are eaten in some parts of South America, which are known to taste somewhat between bacon and pistachio. Earthworm is consumed in many –parts of the world such as Venezeula. It is know to be high in protein and iron. Much to my surprise, cockroaches are also edible! There are edible cockroaches that are fed on fresh fruits and vegetables and grown for food purpose and are actually clean and (believe it or not) tasty at the same time. They are known to have greasy chicken taste and texture. In The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, the author David George Gordon mentions that hornworms can be eaten fried and taste similar to green tomato, shrimp, and crab.
You may wonder, do Western countries like the US ALSO eat insects? The answer is YES. In fact, there are few restaurants-, even in Washington DC, that serve insects as their main dish. José Andrés, a well-established Michelin star chef’s restaurant named Oyamel serves an insect taco (grasshopper). It is actually one of their signature dishes and it is known that people order out of curiosity or even because eating insect is part of their daily diet.
What the challenge means to us: FEED
The above table was published by European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. There are different 12 components in this table which shows the nutrient values score. Those constituents are categorized by sorts of what they are. The higher point means healthier foods. There are three colors such as light grey, medium grey and dark grey. Each signifies edible bug, meat and offal. Edible bugs are generally higher than other two kinds. There is beef, chicken and pork in the meat section. People generally think meat has more nutritious than edible insects. However, in fact, both chicken and beef are less than two-third compare to honey bee. Moreover, silkworm is lowest nutritious food in bug section, but it is more nutritious than beef and chicken. Although pork is the most nutritious food in the meat section, it still less than the average of the bugs’ nutrient.
I think people need to eat edible bugs rather than meat, because bug is not only cheaper than meat but also more nutritious. This fact may come off as shocking to those who think that insects are comparably less nutritious than meat. On a personal note, before staring this project, I was also one of them who thought meat would be more nutritious than edible bug. Most people still misunderstand about edible bug or they do not know much. I will inform the advantages and other extra information about edible bug through this project.
I think people need to eat edible bugs rather than meat, because bug is not only cheaper than meat but also more nutritious. This fact might be shocked to some people who eat meat because of wrong knowledge of nutritious. Before I start this project, I am also one of them who think meat would be more nutritious than edible bug. Most people still misunderstand about edible bug or they do not know much. I will inform the advantages and other extra information about edible bug through this project. I will research more for contributing to feed 9 billion people in 2050.