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What is Food, and Who Decides?: Insects as Food Panel Discussion

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen
Tuesday, Oct 22, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Though insects have long been a dietary mainstay in many parts of the world, interest in insects as a food source is only now beginning to catch on in the US. How will insects be handled by our food regulatory systems? Which stakeholders will get a say in how food policies incorporate the addition of insects to our food systems? Can members of the public participate in the policy-making process?

This panel brings together experts on food regulation and entomophagy to discuss the present and future of insects as food. There will be plenty of time for audience questions and discussion, and insect-based snacks will be available for sampling.

Panelists include:

Andy Jack and Toby Lunt, L'Etoile alums and insect cuisine innovators.

Valerie Stull, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Global Health Institute; focusing on sustainable food systems, food security and sovereignty and the implications of farmed edible insects as protein sources.

Monica Theis, Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Food Science; registered dietician nutritionist specializing in Food, Food Service Operations and Food Systems Management.

Moderated by Sainath Suryanarayanan, Assistant Scientist, Population Health Institute, expert in social insect biology and molecular pharmacology and the politics of multispecies entanglements in sociogenomics, beekeeping and agriculture. ​