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Eat less meat, more bugs: Florence Dunkel at TEDxBozeman

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Published on Apr 20, 2012

We are concerned about our sustainable food practices right now and for the near future. We are concerned about over-harvesting our oceans. We are concerned about running out of land, water, and fossil fuels, just to produce beef which is a much higher methane producer while Galleria and other land shrimp, the insects, are more nutritious and more efficient converters of food into protein. Try land shrimp. They are more nutritious and more gentle on the environment than beef. Open your world to other ways of knowing---knowledge developed over millennia by other-than-western cultures.

Dr. Dunkel is an Associate Professor of Entomology in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Montana State University -- Bozeman (MSU -- Bozeman) with a Ph. D., M.S. and B.S. from the University of Wisconsin -- Madison. Her research focuses on plant-based natural products for insect management, particularly related to post-harvest ecosystems worldwide. Florence's current research products include use of natural products in the holistic management of grasshoppers in Montana and of malaria in West African (Malian) villages. Food insects and an insect feast have been part of her curriculum in Entomology for 23 years after a tasty introduction to sauteed brown locusts while working in Rwanda.

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