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Introduction to Edible Insect


The consumption of edible insects can be a solution for this crisis. Insects are full of protein and rich in essential micronutrients, such as iron and zinc. They don’t need as much space as livestock, emit lower levels of greenhouse gases, and have an extremely high feed conversion rate. Only 1 kilogram of cricket has protein 12 times more than beef protein (Anthes). All of these evidences clearly show that edible insects consuming are the sustainable way to feed people in the future. More than 1,900 species have reportedly been used as food and at least 2 billion people worldwide eat insects (FAO Edible insects 2013) for example yellow jacket wasp larvae are popular in Japan, cicadas in Malawi, weaver ants in Thailand, and termites in many African nations.

Biomimicry & Design

After analyzing each carnivorous plant’s strategies, we are interested in mimicking lobster-pot trap for the trapping mechanism because this tactics is one of the two that utilized the physical structure instead of using secretion liquid to capture the insects. The other strategy that we didn’t use is the Snap trap, found in the venus flytrap. We didn’t mimic it because of the essential cellular mechanism behind the snap trap is in the micro - scale, which would not be compatible to fabricate in the area that even the food is lack.

Business Model & Feasibility

Education & Social Enterprise

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JUBE as an art piece

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JUBE @ Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

Jube - 2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Finalist from Biomimicry Institute on Vimeo.

Cooking with Insects

For our business model, we will educate the undernourished community to fabricate jube with the local materials. After they create Jube to sustain community with the insects consumption. We will inspired them to add value to Jube by decorating it and create a complete package that contains the edible insects cooking manual for the general people. By doing that the Jube team and community can generate some funding to further the the innovation.

About Team

The BioX team is interdisciplinary and includes undergrad and highschool students.

Team Members

  • Pat Pataranutaporn - Head of innovative design
  • Ratchaphak Tantisanghirun - Head of operation
  • Tavita Kulsupakarn - Head of product fabrication
  • Alfredo Raphael - Head of community relation
  • Purichaya Kuptajit - Head of strategic planning
  • Tawan Thintawornkul - Head of 3D printer project
  • Sorawit Promnual - 3D printer Engineer
  • Nanthiya Chayaphat - 3D printer Engineer

  • Advisory Board

  • Dr. Werasak Surareunchai
  • Dr. Opas Tantithakul
  • Bank Ngamarunchot
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