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What is Food and Who Decides?: Insects as Food

October 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

What is Food and Who Decides?: Insects as Food

Though insects have long been dietary mainstays in many parts of the world, interest in farmed insects as food is only now beginning to catch on in the US. How will insects be handled by our food regulatory structures? 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 L’Etoile alums Andy Jack and Toby Lunt will be serving some creative insect-based dishes for sampling.


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 dietitian nutritionist specializing in Food, Food Service Operations and Food Systems Management.

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

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October 22, 2019
6:00 pm
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Meadowridge Branch, Madison Public Library
5726 Raymond Rd
Madison, WI 53711
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