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Early Humans May Have Evolved Bigger Brains Eating Insects
2014-07-03 07:31:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by Washington University in St. Louis, suggests that seasonal diet changes may have played a role in the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in human ancestors and other primates. The findings, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, show that figuring out how to survive on a lean-season diet of hard-to-reach ants, slugs and other bugs might have been the catalyst for early tool use....

2014-06-27 12:22:47

CHICAGO, June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the human population grows, it is critical that the drain on the planet's resources be lessened by decreasing consumption of animal protein. According to two panel discussions on June 23 and 24 at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo® in New Orleans, insects are a promising, economically viable alternative source of high quality protein that leave a substantially smaller environmental...

Insects Are Potential Tool For Global Food Security
2014-05-21 03:05:24

Wageningen University The potential of insects as human food and animal feed to assure global food security and availability of animal proteins in a sustainable way has been the main focus of the first conference Insects to feed the world in the Netherlands. The main observation is that insects as food and feed receive ample attention and that developments are fast. Several major investments in the sector were announced during the conference. The topic is intensively discussed by...

UN Turns To Edible Insects As Food Source
2013-05-13 15:38:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new report from the United Nations titled “Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security,” forests and the creepy crawlers that inhabit them are an underutilized source of food in the battle against worldwide hunger. The study was conducted by the UN´s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in conjunction with Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The...

Mealworms, The Next Big Foodie Fad?
2012-12-20 16:16:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tired of the same 'ol same 'ol when it comes to dining, and ready for an entirely new culinary experience? Or maybe you just want to be more supportive of Mother Earth, and hope to help curb greenhouse gas emissions with your food selection. Either way, mealworms may be the route for you. Scientists reported in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday that insect protein may be a more sustainable alternative to milk, chicken, pork and beef....

2012-08-15 23:02:17

Duncraft, a leading supplier of wild bird feeding supplies, knows their customers want to attract as many different types of birds as possible to their bird feeders. However, many customers are not aware that some of the prettiest birds won´t eat seeds at a bird feeder–these birds are insect eaters. Customers can attract insect eating birds, with Duncraft´s wide variety of live mealworms and other insect foods. Concord, NH (PRWEB) August 14, 2012 Duncraft, a leading source...

2012-06-12 11:48:47

Insects can use plants as ℠green phones´ for communication with other bugs. A new study now shows that through those same plants insects are also able to leave ℠voicemail´ messages in the soil. Herbivorous insects store their voicemails via their effects on soil fungi. Researchers from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) and Wageningen University (WUR) discovered this unique messaging service in the ragwort plant. The influential journal Ecology Letters will...

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2008-04-23 10:25:00

Dutch ecologist Roxina Soler and her colleagues have discovered that subterranean and aboveground herbivorous insects can communicate with each other by using plants as telephones. Subterranean insects issue chemical warning signals via the leaves of the plant. This way, aboveground insects are alerted that the plant is already "Ëœoccupied'.Aboveground, leaf-eating insects prefer plants that have not yet been occupied by subterranean root-eating insects. Subterranean insects emit...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.