food systems

food systems

Eating Insects: The Future of Sustainable Food Systems, Natural Medicine, and Livestock production

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This research project explores the role that insects play in the development of future sustainable food systems. As the human population increases, we must expand our food sources beyond the limitations of western taboos. Insects contain powerful nutrient profiles that are integral to ensuring food security. Insects also present an opportunity to produce food with limited ecological impacts compared to the resource intensive food production systems currently popular in North America. This project also explores the historical use of traditional insect and arthropod based medicine in regions including East Asia, Africa, and South America. Specific use cases for species of arthropods that have been popular for thousands of years in folk medicine are explored. Health systems reliant on arthropods are important to the world, especially in poorer nations where modern biomedicine is simply not accessible. Finally, outside of the roles that insects play in ensuring future food security, and developing future medicinal products, they will also play a large role in the future redesigning of our global livestock industry. Insects make a good replacement to our resource intensive plant based animal feed, and can play a role in lessening the environmental impact of our meat based protein production. - Property of Drake Tanner Shipway. Produced for Dr. Robin Oakley at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.