Education and Technology:
Microsoft Learning Tools is software that helps improve reading skills by reducing visual crowding, highlighting words, and reading text aloud, so students can engage with words in a whole new way.
Learn More
Grow Your Own Bugs With the Latest Kitchen Gadget Grow Your Own Bugs With the Latest Kitchen Gadget

Grow Your Own Bugs With the Latest Kitchen Gadget

by Adele Peters

June 24, 2013

Would you eat insects? The United Nations released a massive report this year arguing that bugs are good for us—healthy, nutritious, cheap, and many times better for the environment than meat. It's not the first time world leaders have made the case for bugs. And while actually eating insects may be a hard step for many to take, there's now a new design to make it a little more convenient.

The Lepsis Terrarium, a finalist in this year's Index Awards, lets you raise grasshoppers in your own kitchen. Mansour Ourasanah, a designer originally from West Africa, created the terrarium along with Kitchenaid. Ourasanah explains that he was discouraged by the food waste he saw when he moved to New York City, especially as he learned that meat production contributes to a large chunk of the world's greenhouse gases. As populations skyrocket, he sees insects as a way to meet growing food demand sustainably:

According to the UN we will need to double our food production, which means double the meat, in order to feed everyone. But what if we didn't need to double meat production? LEPSIS improves life by offering an unconventional but sustainable alternative to meat/protein production that doesn't require burning forests, cutting down trees, speeding global warming, and crippling the economy of third world countries. 

Images courtesy of Mansour Ourasanah

Recently on GOOD
Sign up to receive the best of GOOD delivered to your inbox each and every weekday
Grow Your Own Bugs With the Latest Kitchen Gadget