The Exo Journal

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

by Jess Tran March 09, 2017

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Behind the Athlete: Kevin Chrisman

Behind the Athlete: Kevin Chrisman

by Bold Apps March 06, 2017

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Why crickets are the future of protein

Why crickets are the future of protein

by Jess Tran December 02, 2016

At this point, you’ve probably stumbled upon an article online that proclaimed crickets as the future of protein. It’s hard to escape. Global Market Insights reports that the edible insect industry will be worth over $522M by 2023, and with a wave of new investment, media coverage, and athlete endorsements, the tide is slowly turning in cricket protein’s favor.

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Lovers Gonna Love

Lovers Gonna Love

by Jess Tran November 02, 2016

Insects are polarizing. When we set out to flip consumer perception about the revolutionary protein source that is inflect flour on its head, we knew it would be a bumpy road. However, for every piece of hate mail (check out our round-up of our favorite emails and comments from people sippin’ that haterade here, we’ve always had our amazing customers lift back us up. Here's a round-up of some of the fantastic notes that make the blood, sweat and tears we pour into the cricket revolution all worth it:

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Products We Love (For Real!) – Part 1

Products We Love (For Real!) – Part 1

by Jess Tran January 26, 2016

At Exo HQ, we’re constantly trying weird and wonderful new things. It’s part of the job – as champions of insect protein, we need to be adventurous when it comes to new (and sometimes strange) culinary experiences. Check out some of the awesome products the team is loving this month...

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The Pilgrims Were Drunk

The Pilgrims Were Drunk

by Greg Sewitz October 12, 2015

In 2010, seven cases of champagne were found, mostly intact, amid the ruins of a ship that had been resting at the bottom of the Baltic for nearly 200 years. Forty-eight of the bottles bore the mark of legendary maker Maison Veuve Clicquot. The company’s response upon getting the news? Leave them there.

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First Airbnb, Then Uber, Now…Poop? Welcome to the Sharing Economy.

First Airbnb, Then Uber, Now…Poop? Welcome to the Sharing Economy.

by Jess Tran September 09, 2015

Are you an organ donor? Why stop there?   Today, the microbiome, made up of trillions of organisms, and upward of 100 unique bacterial genes for each human one, is dominating the global conversation on nutrition and immunity (maybe even more than cricket protein), with some scientists, researchers, doctors, and advocates arguing that gut bacteria could give rise to a wellspring of miracle cures. One of those cures is already working its magic: FMT. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation is exactly what it sounds like…a poop transfusion.

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The Health of These Modern Paleo Tribes is Under Attack

The Health of These Modern Paleo Tribes is Under Attack

by Jess Tran July 09, 2015

Close your eyes and stick a pin on a map of the world. If you’ve hit a land mass—and, in some cases, even if you haven’t—then chances are that somewhere nearby lives a culture still hunting and gathering as a means of survival. For these cultures, Paleo, or something bearing a strong resemblance to it, isn’t a lifestyle choice—it’s the only choice. And that hasn’t changed in nearly 3 million years.

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Haters Gonna Hate

Haters Gonna Hate

by Kaitlin Holliday June 17, 2015

Since starting Exo, our protein bars have received incredible feedback from our customers, and some great press as well. We’ve also received our share of hate mail, from internet trolls to the flat-out squeamish. Some of these comments are simply too great to keep to ourselves. Check out the best (worst?) below.

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Can Bug-On-Bug Violence Protect Crops Without Collateral Damage?

Can Bug-On-Bug Violence Protect Crops Without Collateral Damage?

by Greg Sewitz June 01, 2015

Biopesticides—the arachnids, bacteria, fungi, insects, and plants that form nature’s answer to synthetic agrochemicals—are the next big step for ensuring food security across the planet. In some sense, they were also the first big step, predating synthetics by at least three centuries, only to fall out of favor in the age of cheap convenience...

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Crickets vs. chicken? We’re missing the point.

Crickets vs. chicken? We’re missing the point.

by Greg Sewitz May 08, 2015

[Ed. Note: Daniel is the co-founder and CEO of Tiny Farms, a company building a platform for the production of edible insects that is building out their first cricket farm as we speak.Recently, a scientific study came out comparing the feed conversion of crickets to chickens, and generated some debate about whether crickets were as sustainable as the press is claiming. We asked Daniel if he would write up a response to the study and its findings.

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Faster Food: the Rise of Meal Replacement Products

Faster Food: the Rise of Meal Replacement Products

by Zac Goldberg May 05, 2015

In the summer of 2010, after a monsoon flooded 20% of the country and displaced millions of its population, Pakistan found itself in a crisis that first-world nations across the planet might themselves confront in the coming decades (and which Nepal is now facing as well):no water and no food for the many, not just the marginalized...

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The Not-So-Green Mile: Last Meals on Death Row

The Not-So-Green Mile: Last Meals on Death Row

by Zac Goldberg March 30, 2015

In the United States, alcohol isn’t allowed during the ritual we’ve come to know as last meals on death row, but back in Biblical times—and probably before—a lot of criminals were slurring their last words...

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The War on Raw Milk

The War on Raw Milk

by Zac Goldberg March 15, 2015

In the spring of 1945, the little Midwestern town of Crossroads had an epidemic on its hands. The small town was decimated by an illness called undulant fever (also known as Brucellosis), reportedly brought on by unpasteurized milk. The zoonotic infection swept through the area and claimed a whopping 25% of the population.

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The Lure of the Food Heist

The Lure of the Food Heist

by Greg Sewitz February 23, 2015

In 2013, Veniamin Konstantinovich Balika showed up at K&K Cheese in Cashton, Wisconsin, bearing paperwork that identified him as an employee of a trans-national trucking company. The company was contracted to take a $200,000 payload of Muenster to Texas.For K&K, it was a normal transaction, a routine transportation deal, one of dozens the company would make over the year. Outside of engine problems, K&K had no reason to suspect any trouble…

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You’ll Never Guess What’s Actually in Your Supplements…

You’ll Never Guess What’s Actually in Your Supplements…

by Jess Tran February 11, 2015

Would you still take your fish oil if there was a 50/50 chance it was just canola? How about whey protein if the producers may have snuck some laxative in there?

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Content Marketing, a Century Before the Internet

Content Marketing, a Century Before the Internet

by Zac Goldberg February 04, 2015

If André and Édouard Michelin, the French industrialists who started the Michelin Tire Company in the late 1800s, were to pick up a computer today, and (with much training) browse the internet, they would undoubtedly be pleased with what they saw. Yes, they’d bear witness to the global reach of their Michelin tires, but...

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Shell Game: Lobster’s Sordid History

Shell Game: Lobster’s Sordid History

by Greg Sewitz January 26, 2015

Lobster is a long con. If your holiday celebrations included an exorbitantly priced lobster tail doused in butter, we hate to break it to you, but you’ve been duped. There’s nothing necessarily luxurious about lobster; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. “Cockroach of the sea” used to be its nom de guerre....

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How Sushi Conquered America, and You Can Too

How Sushi Conquered America, and You Can Too

by Greg Sewitz January 14, 2015

If asked to identify the figure behind the American sushi craze in a police lineup, you’d pass right over Harry Goldberg, a Jewish entrepreneur from Chicago. But Goldberg, along with his friend Noritoshi Kanai, a lanky Japanese immigrant, was part of one of the most underrated odd couples in the history of American cuisine…

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Beginnings: Editor’s Note

by Greg Sewitz January 14, 2015

Most company blogs are boring. As consumers, we definitely love brands–but their blogs? There are only a few that we can ever be bothered to actually revisit. When we first started tossing around the idea of starting our own, we did a bit of soul-searching...

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