by Jack Lyons 20/05/2015 | 6:000Posted in Uncategorized
Following the success of last years global pestaurant day, we are happy to announce its return this year on the 3rd of June.
The aim of Pestaurant is to raise awareness around the health benefits of eating insects, a diet which is largely supported by the United Nations. For example, did you know that edible insects are more sustainable, and eco friendly food source then chicken and beef?
Last year’s event went down as a great success with 11 different countries worldwide participating in Global Pestaurant day.
Pop-up restaurants appeared all over the world on 4th June 2014, serving up delicious edible insects, as well as pest inspired snacks such as BBQ pigeon burgers. 13,300 people worldwide explored their adventurous side and got their teeth stuck into 180,000 bugs!
At each location our local team of pest control experts were onsite to dish out helpful pest control advice from prevention tips to the process of our pest control services. This information was available to both residential and commercial customers, helping to keep our customers obtain a pest free environment.
The aim around pestaurant is to raise awareness around the health benefits of eating bugs.
Entomophagy refers to the process of eating insects as well as arachnids and myriapods (centipedes).
Insects have been included in the diet of people all over the world for thousands of years. However entomophagy has been shaped into a wierd taboo, with many people rejecting the idea of consuming insects.
Entomophagy is still practise by many regions globally such as Central and South South America, Asia and Africa. But why?
Why Eat Bugs?
At our Pestaurant event last year, many people found that once they got over the initial fear of consuming an insect, they are actually quite delicious.
Aside from them being, at a huge surprise to most people, extremely tasty, edible insects are actually extremely healthy for you. Crickets contain twelve times the amount of edible protein per 100 lbs than beef does and contain all the amino acids your body needs.
Sustainable Food Source
Not only are edible insects high in protein, low in fat, and rich in vitamins and nutrients, but they are also a far more sustainable food source. Not only do crickets produce 100 x less greenhouse gasses than cows, but it also only takes 1 gallon of water to produce 1lbs. To put this into perspective it roughly takes 800 gallons of water to produce 1lbs of pork!
The amount of water used to produce 1lbs of edible insects is not the only beneficial factor of this sustainable food source. Insects have a very small footprint. I.e. They take up less space to farm than cows, pigs and chickens, meaning that far more edible protein can be created per square inch.
On top of the small amount of land required to produce edible insects, they also require far less food. It is reported that insects are twice as efficient as chicken and pigs in converting food into edible tissue, and five times more efficient than cattle.
It is because of both their health and financial benefits that the UN are strongly supporting more people adopt an insect rich diet in a mist to help fight world hunger. Areas in which both livestock and crops struggle to produce a constant stream of food, edible insects are the answer.
Pestaurant is returning bigger and better this year in 12 different countries worldwide! At each venue we will be serving a range of edible insects and pest inspired treats. From dried mealworms and curry flavoured locust to scorpion lollipops to local pest dishes.
Explore your adventurous side and get your teeth stuck into some pests!
On top of supplying some delicious edible insects, we are also holding an Instagram competition this year where you can win a Pestaurant apron and a “Make your Pestaurant at Home” kit. We have 3 of these to give away! Terms and Conditions apply.
To be in for a chance to win these Pestaurant goodies all you have to do is take a picture of yourself or a friend/family member eating one of our edible insects at your local Pestaurant event with the Rentokil and/or Pestaurant logo in the background. From their upload your snap onto instagram using the hashtag #ieatbugs2015. The winners will be the top 3 photo’s with the most likes.
I joined the Marketing and Innovation team at Rentokil in 2015, and my mind has quickly become accustomed to the weird and wonderful world of pests. Outside of work my main hobby is music. I am a huge Led Zeppelin and Queen fan as well as an avid drummer.