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Why Crickets Will Be A Part Of Normal Diets Sooner Than You Think

It’s no secret parts of the world are stricken with food shortages. In recent months food production in Venezuela made headlines as major corporations halted operations due to sugar shortages. Could this all be caused by government corruption — or could just be a sign of the times?

Either way, some people are looking for ways to incorporate more sustainable food production practices. While some want to stick with organic crops and self-farming, others are trying to farm and eat insects.

Crickets to be exact.

Thanks to Wired.com, we get a glimpse of what it might take to produce cricket based flour and other cricket-based food products that might not sound as appetizing as the food we are used to — but could serve as a starting point for more forward thinking food production methods.

As population and consumption rates continue to increase, more alternatives will be needed or famine and droughts will continue to lead to food shortages.

If you need to eat bugs, eat bugs!

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This Looks Like a Normal Cucumber but You’ll Never Believe What’s Inside It

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Using just a paintbrush and an eye for the elusive, Tokyo-born artist Hikaru Cho disguises fruits and vegetables as other foods. Sounds simple enough? Hardly. Her ability to transform produce requires a meticulous sense of skill.

The result: a series of work that is so convincing it forces us to reconsider the every day objects we consume daily. Cho succeeds in altering our reality, even if it’s just for moment. Something to think about next time you slice into that orange.

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H/T Visual News + Picthx Hikaru Cho

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Americans Eating More Butter Than They Have in the Past 40 Years

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There was a funny tumblr post I read recently that goes a little something like this:

“My doctor just told me to eat more Taco Bell. Well, actually he said ‘less McDonald’s,’ but I’m pretty sure I know what he meant.”

Healthy-eating loopholes make the world go-round, and according to the Los Angeles Times, it seems our fuddy-duddy little American heads have managed to logic out a “healthy” reason to eat more butter than we have in the past 40 years. Namely, because butter, unlike margarine, is “all natural.”

“Consumers are changing their perception of food and looking for healthier alternatives,” the executive director of the American Butter Institute Anuja Miner told the LAT, which reports that per-capita butter consumption rose to 5.6 pounds in 2012, up from 4.1 pounds in 1997.

Americans have come to understand that products like margarine tend to be higher in trans fats, which are known to raise bad cholesterol — as opposed to the saturated fats found in butter, which are said to be heart-healthy and raise good cholesterol. Thus, the national increase in creamy butter lovin’.

Check back in 40 years when someone inevitably runs the inverse of the story, because that’s just how the world works.

H/T LAT

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The Average American Eats 3.4 Pounds of Candy & More Inglorious Halloween Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Tomorrow night, hoards of ravenous trick-or-treaters will descend upon neighborhoods across the nation. A terrifying amount of candy corn will be devoured, the streets will be covered in spilled rainbow Skittles, and a sugar high epidemic will take over the country. Oh, Halloween, how we’ve missed you so.

However, while the thought of gorging on mini Mars Bars sounds glorious (because it is), we rarely think about how it all tallies up at the end of the night. The infographic below breaks down America’s Halloween candy consumption to the nitty gritty — from filling us in on how much candy we eat individually (3.5 pounds) to how much candy we buy as a nation for this spooky holiday (600 million pounds, or 6 Titanic ships). The numbers are impressive, to say the least, and have only inspired us to outdo ourselves this year (see The Competitive Eater’s Guide to Maximizing Candy Consumption for tips).

We have a feeling our dentist is going to hate us on our next visit.

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An Unforgiving Breakdown of How Much Sugar America Consumes [Infographic]

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Newsflash: Sugar is bad for you. In case you didn’t catch it the first time, here it is again: Sugar is bad for you, as in awful, terrible stuff. For those of you not yet sick of hearing it, I’ll say it one more time: Sugar is bad, bad, bad.

Phew, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s consider this particularly eye-opening, unforgiving infographic by OnlineNursingPrograms.com. The piece outlines the spectacular amount of sugar Americans consume, how much sugar our favorite foods contain and what health problems — from obesity to depression — can arise from eating too much “refined sugar.” The last section even suggests that based on the way it affects the brain, sugar can be just as addicting as cocaine.

Thus, while even good ol’ Bloomberg can be a bore after awhile, the infographic does drive home an important fact: Too much of anything is rarely a good thing.

Check out the breakdown of our nation’s sugar consumption below:

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PicThx Forbes

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Documentary Gives a Morbidly Beautiful Glimpse Into the Food Industry [WATCH]

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Once in a while, we come across something powerful and compelling enough to change our perspective on reality. This clip from a 2011 documentary titled Samsara, “the ever turning wheel of life,” is one of those moments.

Devoid of dialogue, the six minute video takes viewers on a intimate journey through a realm rarely seen in the food industry. The cold detachment that exists between the consumer and the product is conveyed in sweeping, mesmerizing scenes. From the process of animal slaughter lit under florescent facility lights to a final shot of a visit to the doctor’s office, Samsara is is a reflection on “the rhythm of the planet.”

It should be noted that there are no direct shots of animals being beaten or activists protesting against animal cruelty, as the film’s message is subtle — aiming to have a sensory effect rather than one that is cerebral. “Our film is more about feelings and an inner journey than an intellectual experience,” producer Mark Magidson told the New York Times. “We’re not trying to say anything.”

The entire documentary takes place in 25 different countries over a period of five years. Much like the clip below, the film explores the underlying current that connects our every day lives.

H/T HuffPo

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1 Gallon of Milk = 1000 Gallons of Water + More Eye-Opening Facts on Food Waste

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Food consumption is constant. Unfortunately, so is food waste. We toss out valuable produce both consciously and unconsciously, whether it’s ordering a meal we can’t finish at a restaurant or discarding out week-old bananas. In the US, many of us have the mindset that food waste is, yes, “unfortuante,” but ultimately inevitable. However, few of us ever think of the money, time and environmental costs that goes behind our food.

If we did, we’d probably think twice before tossing out those leftovers.

Food Waste, A Story of Excess takes us through a quick, yet eye-opening journey through consumption and waste in the US. The video shines a light on the gravity of our everyday decisions. A few startling notes from the video:

  • Food waste costs the US $165 billion annually
  • It takes 1000 gallons of fresh water to produce 1 gallon of milk
  • Half the food in the US is wasted between the farm and the fork

Watch the video below:

H/T Visual.ly