Gallery: The Lepsis is a Terrarium for Growing Edible Bugs at Home!

 
Ourasanah collaborated with KitchenAid to develop the Lepsis, a small, decorative unit that can rest on a kitchen counter.

Ourasanah collaborated with KitchenAid to develop the Lepsis, a small, decorative unit that can rest on a kitchen counter. The unit addresses the question of how to produce large amounts of protein without devoting more land space to the cultivation of insects, and it was just announced as a finalist in the INDEX awards. According to Ourasanah, 80 percent of the world population already eats insects, and introducing edible bugs to rapidly-expanding urban populations could significantly reduce the impact of meat production on the environment.

The Lepsis is a vessel that can be used to grow insects for food. The product consists of four individual units that are each designed to breed, grow, harvest and kill grasshoppers, and they combine to form a decorative kitchen product. “In order to move toward a sustainable future, we must do away with our culinary hangups and redefine the paradigm of food,” explains Ourasanah. Even though growing and eating insects is pretty repulsive to many people in the developed world, an attractive product like the Lepsis could help people to warm to the idea.

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  1. bughungry August 1, 2013 at 6:19 am

    this grasshopper and ungers flys are utterly pointless and extremely annoying!
    these are NOT products – they are refered to as products in these articles – BUT – none of them are products, none of them as for sale, none of them are going into production.
    it\\\\\\\’s a big(bug) con by universities and design students making a namme for them selves by exploiting people who are looking for PRODUCTS!

  2. KatharinaUnger July 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I just graduated with a project about breeding insects too. Just that I really bred and processed and ate them.

    Please check out my Behance and website, as well as my vimeo account for the research videos:

    http://www.behance.net/gallery/Farm-432-Insect-Breeding/9885729
    http://www.kunger.at
    http://www.vimeo.com/katharinaunger

  3. Ms. Moxie July 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I want this! Please make it commercially available!

  4. Ana Juan June 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Exellent article. In Mexico, We eat this kind of protein alot, we even have the most popular recepies enjoying this protein. And KITCHENAID, could´nt come up with a great solution to grow our own.
    Thanks.

    Ana.

  5. Cameron Housos June 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Where does one buy this? I’m looking all over the internet…lol.
    Dead serious too. I love the design and the idea is logically sound.

  6. Captain Fuck You June 14, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I can’t wait when Gordon is starving and his natural instincts for survival force him to eat insects. He will cry in his own shame. Meanwhile, in reality this is an amazing idea. It’s going to happen eventually.

  7. Bare-Foot June 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Where do I buy this????

  8. Naomi Williams June 12, 2013 at 6:36 am

    I\\\’ve had a cricket burger, but I\\\’ve not yet had the nerve to just pop a grasshopper in my mouth. I\\\’m working on it, though. Really shouldn\\\’t seem any more disgusting than eating shrimp.

  9. Sylvain Saucier June 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Why not! I would try it. They say it\\\’s delicious.

  10. Gordon Child June 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    This is a terrible idea. I’d let the earth shrivel and die before I’d eat a grasshopper.

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