Around 10 tonnes of grasshoppers are due to be delivered to Mexico by March. Farmers will turnthem into flour for bread and distribute the protein-rich substance to poor areas
The proposals have now won the 2013 Hult Prize and the five students received$1million to turn the plans into reality.Out of 10,000 college and universities, six teams reached the final of The HultPrize; a social-entrepreneurship award for students presented by former President Bill Clinton.
This year’s challenge was to create a ' social enterprise that will secure food for
undernourished communities, and particularly for the 200 million people wholive in urban slums.'
'This is our chance to empower the next generation and solve some of the
world’s most pressing issues,' said Ahmad Ashkar, Founder and CEO of the
'Almost a billion people go hungry every day and without new solutions, foodsecurity issues are likely to get worse.'
The Flour Power project was created by MBA students Mohammed Ashour,Shobhita Soor, Jesse Pearlstein, Zev Thompson and Gabe Mott, who callthemselves the Aspire Food Group.They plan to collect a crop of grasshoppers from infested alfalfa fields anddistribute them to farmers in Oaxaca, Mexico.
HOW DO INSECTS BECOME FLOUR?
The insects are caught, washed and drained.They are then dried and placed in a sealed freezer bag to kill them humanely.Each insect is washed again and are dried out in an oven.They can then be ground until they resemble the consistency of wheat germ.Insect flour can be used for bread, in cakes, soups, stews, sauces and more.