Check out Professor Joe Roman’s talk on invasive species and it’s significant effect on biodiversity. Along with Climate Change, the challenge of invasive species is a top five ecological problem that we face today.
Im Osten des Landes stöhnen US-Bürger über eine Zikadenplage, Biologen dagegen sind fasziniert – und Gourmetköche angetan.
My mother walked into Great Wall Chinese restaurant the other day and the owner showed her a story about Miya’s in a major Chinese newspaper. I’m curious to know which paper it was in but I all my googling didn’t help. Here’s an article in German. It’s wonderful how ideas are shared around the world so quickly these days.
The host of the Japanese hit show that was filming today said that the cicada was one of the tastiest things he has ever put in his mouth. “It has the hints of peanuts!” he marveled. My friend Chris came by, too, because his mother used to cook cicadas in Liberia. Our recipe that incorporated Eastern African spices reminded him of home, which was the ultimate compliment to me. The first humans ate insects and all humans are from Africa where insects are still appreciated and depended on as a food source. We need to find inspiration in ancient ways of eating to relearn to eat healthy again.
Last night, Mom cooked for me, our chefs and a couple of awesome guests. Visiting us now is Dr. Jennifer Bowen, Queen of all things microbiological at U Mass and Dr. Michael Tlusty, head of research at New England Aquarium. I can honestly say, the four dishes that my mom prepared for us was far better than anything I have ever made.
Our Madagascan cockroaches just gave birth! We are just getting started on our mini livestock farm. These insects are raised on leftovers and will, eventually, become dinner for the most adventurous of my guests! Insects are tasty, nutritious, and are an Earth friendly food. Conventional livestock is responsible for at least 51% of anthropogenic greenhouse-gas emissions. And, while two and a half acres of land can produce 250 pounds of beef, it can produce 2000 pounds of insects that are more nutritious than a steak or fish.