Entomophagy 101: Why we want you to eat bugs
By the year 2050 we're expecting the World's population to pass 9 billion, and there are people around the world without enough to eat. The food system is depleting resources and leaving people hungry, and the answer has been under our feet the entire time. Insects are nutritious and sustainable, economic and delicious; yet most people in America, Canada and Europe have never considered eating insects beyond survival shows and Fear-Factor. This panel gives an introduction to edible insects, covering the broad strokes of just how nutritious they are, why they're sustainable to farm, why they're economically more viable than other protein sources, and how we can incorporate them easily into our diet. If you've never considered eating bugs, but you've heard or read about the entomophagy movement, then this panel is for you!
Samples of edible insects will be available for people wanting to try their first bite.
Additional Supporting Materials
- Learn about the nutritional benefits of eating bugs: how much protein, iron, calcium and other vitamins and minerals are in insects compared to traditional meat sources. Insects are a complete protein, complete with good fats, fiber, and many nutrients that large groups are deficient in, even in America.
- Learn about the sustainable aspects of insect farming; how insect farming can reduce deforestation, overfishing, fresh water usage, GHG emissions, the risk of zoonoses, and increase the usability of waste side streams that are normally discarded and sent to landfills. Learn how vertical modular farming and the use of nontraditional feed sources will increase effectiveness and return on investment for the farmers of tomorrow.
- Learn about other cultures that already embrace edible insects around the world. If billions of people are eating them as a choice, and not out of necessity, is there something we're missing in western societies?
- Learn how edible insects can lead to more nutritious foods in developed and developing countries alike. In America we can use them to fortify our everyday foods. In disaster-stricken areas or food-insecure regions they can be used as a famine relief resource or a RUTF, ready to use therapeutic food. Learn how farmers in areas with limited access to water or agricultural feed can use edible insects to increase food yields and provide food and economic security in developing areas.
- Robert Nathan Allen Little Herds
- Harman Johar World Entomophagy
- Rachel Bergmans MIGHTY MEALworm
- Marianne Shockley University of Georgia Department of Entomology
Robert Nathan Allen Little Herds
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