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Eating Insects conference at Wayne State University this weekend

May 26, 2016

Fox 2 reporter Ryan Ermanni dropped by the “Eating Insects Detroit: Exploring the Culture of Insects as Food and Feed” conference which launched this morning at Wayne State’s Community Arts Auditorium. The three-day event is the first of its kind in the country. Each day will feature a range of talks from anthropology, entomology, food science and nutrition, business and nonprofits. And, there will be opportunities to sample the edible bugs. The big food expo event is Friday night, May 27, where vendors will feature their products and offer samples. It is free to the public from 7-9 p.m.

Ermanni talked with Nathan Allen, founder of Little Herds. "We know it's a pretty unusual idea for Americans or Westerners, but people are eating insects all over the world. They've been doing it for thousands of generations," says Allen. "These [crickets] are packed with vitamins and minerals, protein; they're sustainable to farm and they're delicious." He says he knows a whole cricket can be a little daunting to try, so they can also be ground up in a flour for starters. He says it's a good alternative to whey- or soy-based products. He says insects are similar to shellfish, too, so if you have a shellfish allergy you should talk to your doctor before trying to incorporate it in your diet. Ermanni also interviewed Julie Lesnik, conference organizer and Wayne State assistant professor of anthropology (second link).