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Published on May 19, 2015
Wendy Lu McGill is concerned with the way we eat. She challenges us to take a hard look at our food chain and its impact on our environment. How? By eating insects. She addresses the fact that insects are an acquired taste and when you take into account the negative environmental affects of traditional livestock (and some of her incredible stats), you might just reimagine entomophagy.
With an interest in sustainability, Wendy Lu McGill, a social science researcher, has made it her mission to change the way we think about our food consumption habits. She is challenging the Western notion that bugs are simply a nuisance to be swatted away, and is promoting entomophagy–the practice of eating insects. McGill, who is beginning a study of people farming palm weevil larvae in Ghana with Aspire Food Group, is hoping to educate people who are concerned about sustainability, future food supplies, and the impact of livestock on the environment, by promoting the health benefits of insects. She has volunteered locally to bring a community garden to her kids’ school, is establishing Denver’s only urban orchard, and can be found holding bug eating workshops around the city.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx