Panel to discuss insects as a human food source

A panel of experts will discuss the use of edible insects to attain greater global food security, from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 21, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on the University Park campus of Penn State. “Creepy, Crawly, Crunchy: Can Insects Feed the Future?” will focus on insects as a nontraditional livestock, potential barriers to insect rearing and insect eating, or entomophagy, in the developed and developing world. The program is free and open to the public and also will be available for viewing live online.

The panelists are Robert Anderson, founder of Sustainable Strategies LLC and adviser to the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Florence Dunkel, associate professor in the College of Agriculture at Montana State University; Dorothy Blair, former assistant professor of nutrition at Penn State; and Alyssa Chilton, a sensory scientist in Penn State's Department of Food Science.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), an estimated 805 million people around the globe are chronically undernourished. Projections of food requirements and population growth suggest that we need to increase current food production by 70 percent by 2050 in order to keep up with human demand. Rearing insects as livestock could be a way to address a critical food shortage in the future.

This program is sponsored by the University Libraries, the Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge, the Ecology Institute, the Department of Biology and the Department of Food Science. For questions about the physical access provided, contact Amy Paster, / 814-865-3708, in advance of participation.

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Last Updated June 26, 2015