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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Bugging out / How this Thai cricket pasta can help feed the world

By: Colin Meyn - Posted on: October 31, 2017 | Culture & Life

Chomping on crickets is nothing new in Thailand, but a global market for the critters could turn edible insects into a major industry in the region

When Massimo Reverberi thinks about crickets, cookies come to mind – as well as pasta, breadsticks, muesli, drinks and dipping sauces. His Bangkok-based company, Bugsolutely, is part of a niche market of packaged foods using “cricket flour” – insects ground into a powder – to pack in the protein.

“I think you can mix crickets with a huge number of existing food products,” Reverberi said. “It’s all about food technology. There’s a lot of R&D to be done.”

When it comes to insect farming, the major industry of the future is animal feed – an area that is already attracting investment from major multinationals. However, Reverberi is convinced that there is plenty of business in human food too, especially if companies can “change the perception of people”.

“The entire world forgot about insects as a food category,” he said, which means that both exporting and importing countries need to draft new regulations before they let the bug-infused food pass through.

If the cricket industry is able to expand, Reverberi said, it could be a windfall for farmers in Thailand and Cambodia, where crickets have long been part of the diet but never a particularly lucrative trade.

“In Asia, they don’t know it’s a superfood,” he said of the insects, which are already popular with health-conscious consumers because they have three times the protein of beef, are low in fat and high in vitamins. “On the farming side… it’s a side activity because you only need a little bit of space,” he added.

Reverberi imagines thousands of farmers in Southeast Asia raising crickets to meet rising demand. Although companies in the US and Europe are already growing crickets for consumption, the input costs are comparatively huge.

A kilogram of cricket flour costs about $20 in Thailand, he said, as opposed to as much as $200 coming from a manufacturer in the West.

While Reverberi must deal with the added cost of exporting his Cricket Pasta to sales points across the world, he said that scale would eventually give Southeast Asia-based companies an obvious advantage. While Bugsolutely China got the backing of an investor to create its Bella Pupa silkworm chips, it has yet to find financial backing for its pasta.

“But three years ago there was nothing about edible insects,” Reverberi added. “So I think it’s progressing fast.”