Eating Insects: Arnold van Huis at TEDxEde





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Published on Sep 3, 2012

Prof.Dr.Ir. Arnold van Huis worked from 1974 to 1979 in Nicaragua for the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on integrated pest management (IPM) in foodgrains. From 1982 to 1985 he coordinated from Niger a regional crop protection training project for eight Sahelian countries. From 1985 onwards he works as tropical entomologist at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and has been responsible for a number of IPM and biological control projects in the tropics. He currently coordinates an interdisciplinary project in Benin, Ghana and Mali entitled "Convergence of Sciences". He also coordinates a project in the Netherlands called "Sustainable Production of Insect Proteins". This project explores the potential of the sustainable production of high quality edible insects and insect-derived products, in particular proteins, from side streams (organic waste). He also serves as a consultant to FAO on insects as food and feed.

Talk description
As the first author of "Het insectenkookboek" Arnold van Huis will try to convince the audience to eat insects. They are not only very healthy (because of the proteins), but also delicious! Producing insects as mini-livestock has many advantages over the production of conventional meat. In tropical countries close to 2000 insect species are consumed, e.g. in Mexico they like roasted ants, in Thailand they eat giant water bugs, and in Japan they eat wasps. So why not here! Do you know where you can buy insects, which ones you can eat and how to prepare them? Listen to the Talk of Van Huis and discover a whole new world of food.

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