Water striders (pond skaters) are not just found in freshwater, but are the only insects that have successfully adapted to the open ocean. Increased floating plastics, has given ocean going pond skaters more nesting surface which could cause a disruption to the oceanic food chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
The crew that's gonna land on Mars for colonisation will depend on artificial lighting for the production of food and they might even have to include algae and insects in their diet. They'll be taking stored food from earth that'd serve as emergency ration. mars-one.com/faq/health-a…
One of the reasons American bullfrogs are so dangerous as invasive species is cannibalism. Adult bullfrogs can subsist entirely off tadpoles and younger frogs (which eat algae and insects), and that reliable food source lets adult populations grow beyond what's normally possible in an ecosystem nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned of 3,500 mosquito species a few hundred bite humans. The larvae are food for other larvae and for beneficial insects, put nutrients into many ecosystems, are food for fish, help break down debris in waterways, and pollinate plants. But scientists think ecosystems will adjust if we eliminate them 247wallst.com/special-rep…
Jews could eat grasshoppers or locusts, as John the Baptist did, but no other insects. Those dietary laws would have been in effect up to the time of the New Covenant. In the book of Acts, Paul and the apostles argued over unclean foods learnreligions.com/what-w…
It is highly likely that insects were an important dietary component for early humans. In China insects have been a food item for at least 3,000 years and many studies point to women collecting edible insects wageningenacademic.com/do…
A popular red dye used in both foods and cosmetics is made of thousands of crushed tiny insects called cochineals. The dye is called carmine. businessinsider.com/how-f…
A common source of natural red food colouring is... bugs - the cochineal insect to be exact. This form of dye is so common that even Starbucks has used it in several popular food and drink items. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Red pigment (carmine) in most foods is made from crushed insects called cochinaels. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochin…
Researchers find independent evolution of female penis in cave insects. Both species live in caves where food is scarce. Because of that, males appear to be more interested in finding food than in mating. This has led the females to assume the role of pursuer and initiator phys.org/news/2018-11-evi…
Insects are consumed as food in 80% of the world's nations theguardian.com/environme…
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations published an Edible Insects report in 2013, stating mopane worms have been a source of nutrition in Southern Africa for as long as people can remember tfpd.co.za/experiences/mo…
Shellac, derived from a substance secreted by lac insects and scraped from the branches of trees, is coated on many foods in an alcohol-based solution called Confectioner's Glaze. Pharmaceutical glaze is similarly used on certain tablets and capsules. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pha…
Today I learned of the FDA Defect Levels Handbook that lists the allowable number of things like insect legs or rodent hairs in your favorite foods fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegu…
According to the Food Defect Action Levels, the limit of insect contaminants allowed in canned or frozen peaches is specified as: "In 12 1-pound cans or equivalent, one or more larvae and/or larval fragments whose aggregate length exceeds 5 mm." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Insects could one day replace beef as a major source of protein in human nutrition. Compared to beef animals, most insects can produce food 20 times more efficiently, are readily available worldwide, cause little pollution, and also contain all the amino acids necessary for health. researchgate.net/publicat…
The FDA regulates exactly how many insects, insect parts, mold, rodent hairs, etc. can be in food products. Wheat flour can have up to 75 insect fragments per 50 grams and still pass inspection! fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegu…
In the USA the food industry is legally allowed to sell you chocolate with up to 60 insect fragments per 100g, 60% molded blackberries, rat poop in pocorn, fig paste containing up to 13 insect heads per 100g and much more! (List inside) fda.gov/food/guidanceregu…
Today I learned of Casu marzu, a Sardinian cheese that contains thousands of live insect larvae. Because of numerous food hygiene violations, it is banned in the European Union and only available on the black market. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
UNESCO is advising eating insects will help solve food shortages in the next decades. capacity4dev.ec.europa.eu…
Insects consume 10% of the food produced by man and infect 1 in 6 humans with a pathogen, making them one of our biggest competitors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ins…
Silverfish are one of the most common indoor insects. They often live in sewer drains and come out at night (they don't like light) to feed on paper and other food sources. The name silverfish comes from their color, shape, and "swimming" motion when they move. studentbostader.se/en/boh…
The red dye that is used in food coloring and cosmetics comes from an insect, the cochineal... en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
Mao Zedong formed a campaign to kill sparrows as he thought they robbed people of their food. This stopped when he realized that they killed alot of insects and the rice yield in China became much smaller. The birds nearly became extinct. io9.com/5927112/chinas-wo…
The US FDA allows certain amounts of insects (or fragments of insects) in processed food. fda.gov/food/guidancecomp…
There is a type of ant that lives in symbiosis with a certain tree,the ants secure the tree with sunlight by beating competition and act as protection form other insects.In return the tree provides them with food and shelter. youtube.com/watch?v=Xm2qd…
The popularly used red food dye, Carmine, is produced from the ground up exoskeleton of the insect called the Cochineal, and is used in commercial products such as Mentos, Nesquick, Yoplait, Dannon, as well as many lip stick and fruit juice products. citizens.org/products-usi…
US food laws do not prohibit insect parts in food, but rather, they limit the quantity. wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomo…
Carmine, a red food dye used in many common foods, is made from powdered insects en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The Matsutake Mushroom, one of the most expensive foods in the world, was once common but now extremely rare, due to the introduction of an insect that kills the trees under which the mushroom grows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
The U.S. FDA has a Defect Levels Handbook that shows, "Levels of natural or unavoidable defects in foods that present no health hazards for humans." This booklet shows the "action level" for such things as mold, insects and rodent hair. fda.gov/food/guidancecomp…
The FDA has an allowable limit on how many insect parts, rodent hairs, and fungi spores are in our processed food. fda.gov/food/guidancecomp…

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