The world is facing a food crisis the scale of which truly begs the question “How to be OK in the future.” Craig’s answer may be unpalatable to many of us – insects.
Craig helped found Bugs For Life and has become a pioneer of entomophagy (bug eating) as a solution to growing pressure on food production. In addition to an elucidating talk from Craig, the Bugs For Life team host an Interactive Space at the event, with unusual canapés on offer.
Bugs for Life were invited to talk and serve some gourmet buggy treats at the TEDx event in Edinburgh February 2015. We were very privileged and honoured to be at this event to say the least; many thanks to those who made this happen and alo to those who were there to listen in and try our beautiful food.
Our subject focused on insect farming and the consumption of insects in a rapidly growing population - very interesting indeed. Please view the talk below.
Watch Craig presenting at TEDx Edinburgh 2015 here.
Have a listen to the Fresh air podcast here.
Visit the TEDx Edinburgh 2015 page and find out more about the event here.
Exploring Entomophagy in North Benin was the research project that Bugs for Life was created around. Our aim was to undertake a study in Benin, West Africa on the use of edible insects as a potential source of protein in a food insecure area. The study focused on the local practice of entomophagy in the Wama communities of the Atakora (Northern Benin). In particular, Bugs for Life explored the traditional role of edible insects and the potential for the expansion of this practice in order to improve the nutritional status of the population, and in particular of children.
The undertaking of this research project was made possible by establishing contact with Severin Tchibozo from the NGO Centre for Research on Biodiversity Management, who became our local partner in Benin. Funding was secured through grants by Imperial College Expedition Board, the Royal Entomological Society, along with crowd-funding via Indiegogo.
Watch our documentary or read our full written report to find out more.