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Would You Eat Bread Made From INSECTS

Would You Eat Bread Made From INSECTS

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Would you eat bread made from INSECTS?Students turn grasshoppers into flour to feedpeople in poor countries
 
Students awarded $1million to farm grasshoppers in poorcountries
 
 
Plan involves turning insects into flour to be used in breadand other foods
 
 
More than 10 tonnes of grasshoppers will be delivered toMexico by March
 
 
Flour Power will also provide business opportunities forlocal farmers
 
With millions of people across the world living in urban slums and an ongoingfood shortage in poor countries, students from Montreal have come up with anovel and sustainable food source - flour made from insects.Dubbed Flour Power, the team from McGill University plan to farmgrasshoppers in poor areas of countries including Mexico, Thailand and Kenyaand turn them into flour for bread and other foods.It will provide a sustainable, year-round source of food as well as provide anextra business opportunity for local farmers.
 
 Students from Montreal have won $1million to turn grasshoppers, pictured, in poor countriesinto flour to be used as a sustainable food source. Dubbed Flour Power, the team from McGillUniversity plan to farm the insects in areas of countries including Mexico, Thailand and Kenya
 
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
Hult Prize.
 
'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.

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