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Brief Published: 12 Jan 2017

Utensils for Eating Insects

Insect Utensils

Japanese designer Wataru Kobayashi has developed a set of cutlery designed to ease the process of preparing and eating insects.

The five-piece Bugbug range, currently in prototype phase, includes two sets of spear-ended chopsticks of different lengths, a paddle for crushing and scooping, a short-tined fork, and a set of precise 'beak' pincers that fit over the diner's thumb and middle finger.

Created as part of Kobayashi's graduate project, the collection is made from hardwearing and sustainable materials including cherry wood and brass. It also comes with a set of small serving plates inspired by petri dishes.

The Bugbug collection was awarded first place last year in a cutlery design competition held by prestigious London livery company The Worshipful Company of Cutlers.

According to statistics from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, by 2050, the world's population will reach nine billion, resulting in an acute need for alternative meat sources – with insects being a viable choice.

As discussed in Future Farming and Feeding Tomorrow's Consumers, insects are a sustainable and nutrient-rich protein source and, as such, are permeating western diets on an increasingly larger scale. Branding them in a way that appeals to western consumers is important if they are to become a mainstay, as explored in Global Food Trends 2016/17.