Following the success of last year’s 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 a more sustainable and eco-friendly food source than chicken and beef?
Last year’s Pestaurant event
Last year’s event was a great success with 11 different countries participating in Global Pestaurant day.
Pop-up restaurants appeared worldwide 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 and prevention tips to both residential and commercial customers, helping our customers to keep their homes and businesses pest free.
The aim around Pestaurant is to raise awareness around the health benefits of eating bugs.
Entomophagy refers to the act 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, and entomophagy is still practised in many regions parts of the world, such as Central and South America, Asia and Africa. However, in large parts of the western world entomophagy is still seen as somehow “taboo”, with many people rejecting the idea of consuming insects as “disgusting”.
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.
Apart from it coming as a huge surprise to most people that insects can be tasty, it should come as less of a surprise that edible insects are very good for you. Crickets contain twelve times the amount of edible protein per 45kgs 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 times less greenhouse gasses than cows, but it also only takes 4 litres of water to produce 500grams of insect protein. To put this into perspective it roughly takes 3000 litres of water to produce 500g of pork!
The amount of water used to produce 500grams 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 far less space to farm than cows, pigs and chickens, meaning that far more edible protein can be created per square meter.
On top of the small amount of land required to farm 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 is strongly suggesting more people adopt an insect rich diet in an effort to help fight world hunger. For those areas in which both livestock and crops are not sufficient to provide a constant source 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, including roasted mealworms and locusts, scorpion lollipops and local pest dishes.
This year in South Africa, we’ll be taking Pestaurant to Johannesburg on the 3rd June 2015. See the event details.
Explore your adventurous side and get your teeth stuck into some pests!
On top of providing you with tasty edible insects, we are also bringing to you an Instagram competition 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.
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 there, upload your photo onto Instagram using the hash tag #ieatbugs2015. The winners will be the top 3 photos with the most likes.