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Black soldier flies are held in a pen at the Enterra Feed Corporation in Langley, British Columbia.

Bugging out

Insect farms gear up to feed soaring global protein demand

Layers of squirming black soldier fly larvae fill large aluminum bins stacked 10 high in a warehouse outside of Vancouver. They are feeding on stale bread, rotting mangoes, overripe cantaloupe and squishy zucchini. But this is no garbage dump. It’s a farm. Enterra Feed, one of an emerging crop of insect growers, will process the

A pack of macaroons containing dehydrated insects at the Micronutris plant in Saint Orens de Gameville in southwestern France in February 2014. The company processed insects live, dehydrated or in a flour-like powder for use in pastries.

Flies, worms, crickets crawl onto EU policy-makers’ menu

Insects are more likely to serve as an animal feed than as food

Houseflies, crickets and silkworms can be safe, nutritious and more environmentally friendly alternatives to chicken, beef or pork, research carried out for the European Commission finds. Still, they are less likely to be found on European restaurant menus than in animal feed, carefully controlled to prevent the kind of prions, or abnormal proteins, blamed for


Mealworms are seen for sale at Gambela Market in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 14, 2015.   photo:

Insect farming gains ground in fight against hunger

A kg of crickets sells for twice the price of beef in the Kinshasa market

There is no shortage of protein in Kinshasa’s Gambela Market, from cows to antelope and snakes. But it is the blue and silver bowls brimming with twitching crickets, termites and slithering mealworms that do the briskest trade. Experts hope that the love of edible insects in Democratic Republic of Congo may hold the key to

Traps to monitor adult moths of bertha armyworm are currently only at levels suggesting low risk of damage.

Manitoba crop insect and disease update

Conditions as of July 14, 2015

Some localized higher populations of armyworms and grasshoppers are present. So scouting is encouraged, although in many cases populations are noticeable but not economical. Armyworms continue to be found in many cereal fields. In many fields they are noticeable but not economical, however some fields have had levels greater than the 4 or more larvae/ft2

Summary of crop insects on Manitoba crops in 2014

Information intended to be useful for winter planning, preparations for next season

A “Summary of Insects on Crops in Manitoba in 2014” is now posted on the MAFRD website. This report is based partially on observation by myself and my summer assistant. A large part of this information, however, is based on observations and reports from farm production advisors, agronomists, farmers, and others who contributed information over



Grasshoppers Important To Migratory Birds

May 8 is International Migratory Bird Day. Created in 1993, International Migratory Bird Day focuses attention on the remarkable migration of 90 per cent of Canada’s birds back from the southern United States, Mexico and Central America. Unfortunately, many of those bird populations are in decline. The reasons are varied and sometimes uncertain, but mitigated

Climate Change Forcing Insect Species Northward

The biggest harbingers of climate change may be some of nature’s smallest creatures: insects. A massive northward migration of insects is currently underway, signalling a rise in global temperatures, a scientific conference in Winnipeg heard. Over the past 25 years, 52 per cent of insects species have moved their natural habitats to the north by


Insect Control In Canola — Without Malathion

Insects in stored canola will not feed on sound, healthy seeds. However, moisture-loving fungus feeders such as foreign grain beetles, psocids and mites may be found in canola if it’s in poor condition. Primary stored product insects such as rusty grain beetle, red flour beetle and saw-toothed grain beetle can occasionally be found in stored