A tabletop terrarium for growing your own…edible bugs?

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© Mansour Ourasanah

With growing drought and an inefficient agricultural system (not to mention the world's bees careening for extinction), there are fears that someday soon, there will no longer be enough meat-based protein to keep the world from going hungry.

It has been suggested that eating bugs could actually help slow climate change, and a United Nations report actually endorsed the commercial cultivation of insects as a way to fight world hunger. The Lepsis Terrarium is the perfect device for getting an early jump on this alternative food revolution right in your own home.

© Mansour Ourasanah

It might sound like a joke, but the Lepsis Terrarium was designed by Mansour Ourasanah in conjunction with Kitchen Aid, a well-known manufacturer of kitchen appliances. It is designed to provide the perfect habitat for raising grasshoppers, a significant source of protein in many parts of the world.

"Limited by space and energy, the design acts a vessel for manually growing, feeding, harvesting and neatly killing insects before turning them into food," Ourasanah writes. "The product is made up of four individual units that, when assembled, perform the dual function of insect breeder and decorative kitchen product."

The device, which looks like an oversized Mason jar, has a removable top. Inside, an intricate set of hexagonal green plates provide the food, heat and air needed for the insects to grow.

By creating an attractive appliance and turning the raising of insects into a neat, tabletop affair, Ourasanah and KitchenAid hope to reduce the ick factor, and turn more people in the developed world on to the idea of bugs for lunch.

Although the Lepsis Terrarium is still in the prototyping stage, it is currently a finalist for an INDEX design award.

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