27th January 2016: Jenny Josephs – Edible Insects and the Future of Food

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Please Note: This event will be held in a different venue to our usual talks

By 2050 the global population will reach 9 billion and this will put ever increasing pressure on food and environmental resources. Simply intensifying current farming practices is neither sustainable, nor sufficient to ensure food security. One UN backed solution is to focus on alternative sources of protein, such as insects for food and animal feed. About 2 billion of us already include insects in our diets, though it is still a growing trend in the west.

Insects are described as having a variety of different flavours, from mushroomy to pistachio or pork crackling. Their protein levels are comparable to beef and they also contain beneficial nutrients like iron and calcium. Their environmental impact is also minimal, requiring far less water and feed than cattle, and releasing fewer emissions.

During this talk, Jenny will explain how insects might replace some of the meat in our diets and also give some tips on how to cook them.

DOORS: 19:00
START: 19:30
Admission is FREE and there will be a collection during the interval (suggested donation £3-5).
Venue: The Rope Walk


Jenny Josephs is the founder of The Bug Shack, a company aiming to promote edible insects as a sustainable source of protein. This year, Jenny has enjoyed feeding people bugs at events including the Winchester Science Festival, TEDx Southampton University, Bestival and CBBC Newsround.

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