I’m keynoting the workship on Food, Ethics, Politics at 4:00 with a reception to follow. My talk, “”Food, Ethics, Politics: The View from 2022,” will be in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Maeder Hall, Room 002. This event is part of the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Conferences, Workshops & Special Events. To register to attend, click here.
Food options for Thanksgiving? Omega 3-enriched farmed grasshoppers!
I was interested to see this announcement from the University of Eastern Finland about new research suggesting a way to improve the nutritional quality of fats from….edible grasshoppers!
Until I read this account, I did not know that
- Long-horned grasshoppers are widely consumed as snacks in parts of Africa.
- More than 2,000 insect species are known to be eaten by humans.
- Raising edible insects requires less space and water and has lower greenhouse emissions than meat production.
- In some places, overexploitation of insect resources is a problem.
- Feeding omega-3 fatty acids to grasshoppers to finish off their growth (as is done with farmed salmon) improves their essential fatty acid levels.
This research was done for a doctoral dissertation and published in the Journal of Economic Entomology. It must have been a lot of fun to do.