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Eating Insects Isn’t as Eco-Friendly As People Say
Crickets are hailed as the future of food, an alternative, sustainable source of protein. But a new study questions their eco-friendliness
food  insects  agriculture  environment 
april 2016 by amerberg
Biological Warfare
The last thing anybody wants is more mosquitoes. The whining little bloodsuckers can spread viruses like dengue, West Nile, yellow fever, and chikungunya. We spray mosquitoes with pesticides, drain their swampy homes, and poison their young. We slather ourselves in foul-smelling repellants, sleep beneath gauzy nets, and even prime our...
insects  disease  gmo  science 
august 2015 by amerberg
Crickets Are Not a Free Lunch: Protein Capture from Scalable Organic Side-Streams via High-Density Populations of Acheta domesticus
It has been suggested that the ecological impact of crickets as a source of dietary protein is less than conventional forms of livestock due to their comparatively efficient feed conversion and ability to consume organic side-streams. This study measured the biomass output and feed conversion ratios of house crickets ( Acheta domesticus ) reared on diets that varied in quality, ranging from grain-based to highly cellulosic diets. The measurements were made at a much greater population scale and density than any previously reported in the scientific literature. The biomass accumulation was strongly influenced by the quality of the diet (p<0.001), with the nitrogen (N) content, the ratio of N to acid detergent fiber (ADF) content, and the crude fat (CF) content ( y=N/ADF+CF ) explaining most of the variability between feed treatments (p = 0.02; R2 = 0.96). In addition, for populations of crickets that were able to survive to a harvestable size, the feed conversion ratios measured were higher (less efficient) than those reported from studies conducted at smaller scales and lower population densities. Compared to the industrial-scale production of chickens, crickets fed a poultry feed diet showed little improvement in protein conversion efficiency, a key metric in determining the ecological footprint of grain-based livestock protein. Crickets fed the solid filtrate from food waste processed at an industrial scale via enzymatic digestion were able to reach a harvestable size and achieve feed and protein efficiencies similar to that of chickens. However, crickets fed minimally-processed, municipal-scale food waste and diets composed largely of straw experienced >99% mortality without reaching a harvestable size. Therefore, the potential for A . domesticus to sustainably supplement the global protein supply, beyond what is currently produced via grain-fed chickens, will depend on capturing regionally scalable organic side-streams of relatively high-quality that are not currently being used for livestock production.
organic  food  diet  insects  agriculture  science 
april 2015 by amerberg
Risk, trust, and GMOs: can understanding fears help alleviate them?
GM mosquitoes have yet again brought the science of modification into the limelight—perhaps this time we can actually think about where such fears originate
science  gmo  fear  insects  risk 
january 2015 by amerberg
Science Sushi
Oxitec has applied for FDA approval to test their revolutionary mosquito control method in the Florida Keys—but GM fear-mongering dominates the conversation
science  gmo  insects  disease 
january 2015 by amerberg
Asian Citrus Psyllid Detected in San Jose
RT @CA_Pesticides: Via .@SCCgov #AsianCitrusPsyllid found in #SanJose, 1st detection of insect in Santa Clara Co.
insects  disease  citrus  agriculture  food  SanJose  AsianCitrusPsyllid 
october 2014 by amerberg
The birds and the bees (and the chemicals) Add to ...
Are neonics the new DDT? Fortunately, nature is resilient – but don’t get me started about Monarch butterflies
bees  pesticides  agriculture  insects 
july 2014 by amerberg
Bees, pesticides, and CCD: what’s the evidence?
When you apply epidemiology methods to CCD, you might be surprised at the answers you get.
insects  bees  pesticides  ccd  science  harvard  agriculture 
may 2014 by amerberg
Molten Aluminum Makes Casts of Ant Nest
Ants are highly social creatures who live in colonies made up of hundreds or thousands of members. Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) are a highly aggressive species that have a painful bite, and they can destroy crops and eradicate birds, lizards, and ground-dwelling bees from an area.
science  insects  death 
may 2014 by amerberg
The Worst Places To Get Stung By A Bee: Nostril, Lip, Penis
It started when a honeybee flew up Michael Smith’s shorts and stung him in the testicles. Smith is a graduate student at Cornell University, who studies the behaviour and evolution of honeybees. In...
science  bees  insects 
april 2014 by amerberg
Matan Shelomi
's answer: They do have a nervous system, and can detect certain damaging stimuli, such as intense heat and pressure. So they can sense certain painful stimuli, yes. They cannot detect physical damage to their body, however. An insect with broken legs will walk with the same amount ...
science  insects  pain  neuroscience 
february 2014 by amerberg
Florida growers pull money from orange juice ads to pay for research to citrus trees from a deadly bacteria
A bacteria carried by a tiny insect from China could dry up orange juice in the United States and the world.
science  citrus  fruits  disease  agriculture  gmo  trees  insects  advertising  money 
january 2014 by amerberg
The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear
The precipitous loss of native vegetation across the United States has led to a dramatic decline of insect populations.
nature  insects  plants  science  food 
november 2013 by amerberg
Genetically modified mosquitoes set off uproar in Florida Keys
Potential solution to outbreaks of dengue fever, other mosquito-borne diseases awaits FDA approval
insects  gmo  disease 
november 2013 by amerberg
Cockroach farms multiplying in China
JINAN, China — This squat concrete building was once a chicken coop, but now it's part of a farm with an entirely different kind of livestock — millions of cockroaches.
insects  china  agriculture  medicine 
october 2013 by amerberg
AgProfessional Magazine
Western corn rootworms (CRM) resistant to Bt appear to be gaining ground. Initially, resistance concerns were limited to Cry3Bb1; however Aaron Gassman, Extension entomologist, Iowa State University, has since found resistance to mCry3A and reports problems with Cry34/35Ab1. Early reports out of central and east central Illinois suggest the problem may have taken a turn for the worse in that state, while pressure was down in Minnesota hotspots.
insects  bt  agriculture  gmo  science  food 
october 2013 by amerberg
New Yorkers exposed to more pesticides than rural residents
The Big Apple might not be a farming hub, but its residents have higher exposure to pesticides than most Americans. Scientists tell us why.
nyc  pesticides  food  agriculture  insects 
october 2013 by amerberg
Severe Corn Rootworm Injury to Bt Hybrids in First-Year Corn Confirmed
The Bulletin provides timely information about pests and crops throughout Illinois. Our objective is to keep you informed about pest problems and crop development issues and to keep you current regarding pest management strategies.
gmo  bt  corn  science  agriculture  insects 
august 2013 by amerberg
Anyone for crickets? Meet the man who imported the sound of summer
The great furry leaves of the giant South American rhubarb glow in the glorious sunshine under a perfect sky, and the air is alive with that magical sound – cheep cheep, cheep cheep – of chirping crickets. Welcome, of course, to suburban Oxford.
insects  science  journalism 
august 2013 by amerberg
Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?
Blood type, metabolism, exercise, shirt color and even drinking beer can make individuals especially delicious to mosquitoes
science  insects  biology 
august 2013 by amerberg
Citrus growers import wasp to fight disease threatening groves
California citrus farmers import a parasitic wasp from Pakistan to battle citrus greening, a disease threatening their groves.
california  citrus  disease  insects  science  agriculture  plants  gmo 
august 2013 by amerberg
Busting five myths of mosquito repellents | Mosquito Research and Management
ICYMI: If you read only one article about insect repellent this year, it should be this one. #mythbusting
insects  myths  science  from instapaper
july 2013 by amerberg
The next frontier in GMOs: plants that genetically modify their pests
plants  gmo  agriculture  insects  science  from instapaper
july 2013 by amerberg
Should you really start eating insects?
Earlier this month, the UN released a paper touting the nutritional and environmental benefits of insects. The paper caused quite a stir in the media, with a mix of fascination, head-nodding, and not a little revulsion. But why is the UN advocating entomophagy? Why aren't we eating bugs already? And should you really dip your tongue in the waters of insect cuisine?
insects  food  science 
may 2013 by amerberg
Invasive Harlequin Ladybird Carries Biological Weapons Against Native Competitors
RT @sci2mrow: Biological pest control: The attack of the harlequin ladybird!! (behind paywall) via @sciencemagazine
biology  science  insects  from instapaper
may 2013 by amerberg
Monsanto Claims to Ditch Herbicide While Selling More of It
Meanwhile, insects are developing resistance to the company's Bt corn—meaning a likely increase in insecticides this year.
monsanto  herbicide  bt  insects  pesticides  agriculture  gmo  roundup 
april 2013 by amerberg
Calamity for Our Most Beneficent Insect
Bee colonies have been dying in increasing numbers, and the latest suspect is a pesticide used to protect common agricultural seeds.
bees  insects  seeds  pesticides  science  environment 
april 2013 by amerberg
Insecticide 'unacceptable' danger to bees, report finds | Environment |
Which EFSA report is referenced here ? Didn't find "unacceptable" risk in this one cc @r343l
pesticides  bees  science  agriculture  food  activism  environment  insects 
january 2013 by amerberg
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