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While cricket consumption isn’t new in the world, the western world has not embraced this way of eating.

In the year 2050 it is estimated that the Earth will be populated by 9 billion people. A sustainable alternative to meat production that will produce enough for everyone, without posing additional stress on the environment is being sought. One such protein source is insects.

Insects have marginal environmental impact. They produce virtually no methane, reproduce extremely quickly, and require minimal feed, water and space. It is estimated that crickets are 20x more efficient to raise for protein than cattle.

eXo, a new start-up in Brooklyn, NY is banking on the success of their protein bars which are made with cricket flour. Their mission is to “normalize insect consumption”. Two Brown University graduates think they have created the perfect food item that American’s will find palatable.

Stockholm is really ramping up their cricket production with plans to create InsectCity and BuzzBuilding.

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Belatchew Labs has developed plans to make Stockholm a sustainable, cricket-consuming city with InsectCity and Buzz Building, an integrated network for cricket cultivation and consumption.

Do you embrace this food source? Will you make it a part of your daily diet?


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July 29th, 2014

Sometimes leaving the path you’ve chosen can be so very positive!  Read the post by Lavina Melwani on LinkedIn about these two former U Cal Berkeley students, Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, who’ve gone Robert Frost and ‘diverged’ with wonderful success…

Trash Collectors or Environmental Superheroes?

Visit their website and learn more:  Back to the Roots

"Our mission is to make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time."

“Our mission is to make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time.”

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July 6th, 2014

Graduate students craft a plan for the future of Africa’s power grid


UC Berkeley students lead the way on another continent… Solar africa

“In collaboration with researchers at the agency and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Wu and Deshmukh are working with officials from 22 countries in eastern and southern Africa to identify zones that are well-suited for development of electricity production from wind, solar, and geothermal energy.”


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One only has to look to the heavens to realize the latest in wind energy.

Altaeros Energies’ mission is simple – to deploy the world’s first commercial airborne wind turbine to harness the abundant energy in strong, steady winds at higher altitudes.  A newcomer to the wind energy field, Altaeros Energies was founded in 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Yes, that strange-looking, helium-filled winged gray doughnut with the propeller-like blade in the center is a wind turbine – a Buoyant Airborne Turbine, or BAT, to be precise. And it just may be the answer for supplying energy to under-served regions, as well as providing cheaper and safer wind energy to the United States.

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This new design for a wind turbine grew out of someone’s daydreams – why not explore yours….



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Rahul Sainani (LinkedIn) is an Electronics Engineering student with a passion for developing Smart Applications.  Tarun Sainani (LinkedIn) is an Entrepreneur in Knowledge Based Service Systems – Mobile Augmented Reality Solutions.  Together they have helped Students for a Smarter Planet put up an app for Here is their website – World Around Me.

Here’s a short talk by Rahul telling what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.

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Rahul is on Twitter.

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