Little Herds is an Austin nonprofit with 501c3 charitable status dedicated to educating the public in Texas and around the world about the environmental and nutritional benefits of edible insects.
With demand for meat rising around the world, and many nations facing starvation and food deficiencies, we know we have to change the way we view food. Current farming practices are ravaging the environment, polluting the water and air, causing deforestation, overfishing, and contributing to the rise in infectious diseases.
Cultivating insects as food addresses each of these problems. But in North American and in Europe, we have the hurdle of the taboo against them. 80% of the world views them as normal food; it's only nations in Europe, Canada, and the USA who balk at the idea.
Little Herds is changing that perception, through children's education and public events, working with chefs, bakers, farmers, and businesses to make this a viable market, and promote healthy eating and sustainable farming.
We work with schools, museums, farmers markets, as well as businesses, organizations, and individuals around the world to spread the knowledge of why we need to adopt insects into our diet.
Insects are high in protein, iron, calcium, and trace vitamins and minerals not found in other meats. They're complete proteins, full of omega 3s and 6s, with low amounts of cholesterol and fat.
We use insect flour to bake cookies, breads, muffins, and other everyday approachable foods, giving them a nutritional boost without seeing, tasting, or feeling the bugs inside. We've had fantastic reception at dozens of events, feeding over 3000 people insects in our first few months, and we're excited for 2014's lineup.
We're the first US nonprofit that we know of promoting entomophagy, or eating insects, and we are proud to be partnering with every business or individual we can find working with edible insects.
We're also working with our local, state, and federal regulatory agencies, creating the rules and standards to raise insects for human consumption. Because there are no rules right now, we're going above and beyond to make sure we promote safety, cleanliness, and transparency in all aspects of the edible insects industry.
Edible insects are an answer to a host of very real, very pressing issues facing our world, and the answer has been right under our feet the entire time. The only way to start this change is to educate western markets about how insects can change the world. With your help, Little Herds is bringing bugs to the people!
The is Little Herd's OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY AND FUNDRAISER.
We're NORTH AMERICA'S FIRST CHARITY DEDICATED TO PROMOTING THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF EATING INSECTS!
Little Herds was proud to collaborate with Alimentary Initiatives to host the third installment of their Future Food Salon series on February 19th, to provide Austin with an entertaining and educational evening bringing together local artists, musicians, and chefs. This was the first big fundraiser we hosted, bringing the insects front and center; it was a fantastic evening and a great start to 2014.
We had a great time at the SXSW Interactive panel on Future Food Solutions, featuring edible bug experts, and met some great new friends at our happy hour mixer held afterwords.
We had a booth at Earth Day Houston, educating people and raising awareness of entomophagy as an environmentally sustainable option for feeding the world.
We teamed up with locals Todd Rungy (Eating for America!) and Lizardman to shoot an episode of the Hungry Todd Rungy show, using local retailer of insect foods In.Gredients as our beautiful location, and local insect product makers Hopper Foods and World Entomophagy.
Our friend and adviser Marta Ceadel presented on our behalf at the UN sponsored international conference on edible insects in Wagneningen, Netherlands, "Insects to Feed the World," representing American initiatives in the world of edible insects.
This is a free, kid friendly party with live insect cooking demonstrations, locally baked insects treats, local music, and educational demonstrations from our local nonprofit partners and farmers market community. Early Worm tickets available until June 6th .
We'll be the first booth serving edible bugs at the Denver County Fair, August 1-3.
We'll be offering schools in Austin a program they can book for their classes teaching children the science and the art of eating insects.
We'll be offering tasty bites of bugs for the second year, and presenting the first Entomophagy panel at SXSW Eco.
Founder RNA has been selected as one of 240 Slow Food US delegates to this year's Salone Del Gusto/Terra Madre. RNA will be presenting on the work we're doing with the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity: Ark of Taste on endangered edible insects that are at risk for over-harvesting, as well as our educational activities in America. While his food, lodgings and ground travel are provided as a delegate, we're raising funds for the round trip air-fare. Help us get RNA to Turin, Italy to represent Little Herds and Slow Food US by donating now!
We'll be participating once again pairing art, food, education and culture, encouraging locals to give insects a bite!
We'll be speaking at ESA's 62nd Annual Meeting, held in Portland, Oregon. Help us raise funds for our air-fare by making a donation today!
In the lead-up to the holidays, we'll offer an all-ages culinary workshop on how to prepare yummy sweets with fair trade chocolate and edible insects.