October 21, 2017
10:00 a.m. – Noon
This event is free with Museum Admission and in conjunction with the Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival.
Pre-registration is required for this event.
Come discover the benefits of eating edible insects with Louise Hénault-Ethier, Director of Science at the David Suzuki Foundation!
Insect consumption, also known as entomophagy, could feed a growing world population while decreasing the pressure on our environment. Did you know that our meat consumption emits more greenhouse gases (GHGs) than all transportation sectors combined, accounting for 18% of global GHG emissions according to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)? Insects are more effective than other livestock at converting their feed into animal proteins. But if some humans are recalcitrant to chew insects, many of our farm animals would only make one bite out of them. Landfilling organic waste emits considerable amounts of GHGs as well. What a waste to put our fruit and vegetable leftovers to rot in a big hole when we could instead upcycle them with insects and then feed fish or chickens. Does this principle of circular economy sound like science fiction? Canada is already leading the way in this field among nations that still resist entomological gastronomy!
The presentation will review key concepts of eating insects (entomophagy) or using insects to treat our organic waste (entotechnology) more sustainably to reduce the environmental footprint of meat and fish farming. Commonly eaten insects or those able to treat organic waste will be presented.
Following the interactive presentation, participants will learn how to build their own mealworm farm, to farm insects that can be eaten or fed to pets, while taking care of some common kitchen scraps.