Lepsis: the terrarium for raising edible insects at home

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The world population continues to grow and the resources available will still be enough for a little while to satiate man's appetite for meat. To address the problem, a recent UN report suggested that they eat more insects because they are much less harmful to the environment and provide good nutritional intake.



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The world population continues to grow and the resources available will still be enough for a little while to satiate man's appetite for meat. To address the problem, a recent UN report suggested that eating more insects, because they are much less harmful to the environment and provide a good nutritional intake.



To make this a reality, it would be necessary to find a way to do it grow, breed and collect insects in order to eat them. Said and done: the designer Mansour Ourasanah responded to the UN's appeal by creating Lepsis, a sort of grasshopper incubator that can be used at home for their breeding for food purposes. The idea was judged so brilliant that it received a nomination for the most coveted design award in the world. 2013 Index: Award.

It is a small decorative unit that can be placed on a kitchen counter. The concept addresses the question of how to produce large amounts of protein without taking up additional land space for insect cultivation. The product consists of four individual units that combine to form a piece of furniture for the kitchen.

“To move towards a sustainable future, we need to do away with our culinary inhibitions and redefine the food paradigm,” explains Ourasanah. According to the designer, 80 percent of the world's population already eats insects and the introduction of edible insects among urban populations could significantly reduce the impact of meat production on the environment. But to create a sprouter or an urban garden?



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