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Edible insect workshop engages public in sustainable food conversation

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Jasinski, James (main author), Kulhanek, Ashley (author), Shumaker, Kate (author)
Online journal article
Publication Date:
USA: Extension Journal, Inc.
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
consumers, curriculum, diet, education programs, entomology, extension, extension methods, extension programs, food, food security, knowledge, knowledge level, teaching methods, training methods, extension communications, workshops, insects, education effectiveness, training of trainers, edible insects
6 pages., Article # 1IAW7, Via online journal., A 6-hr train-the-trainer workshop focused on introducing the concept that insects may play a significant role in food security as the world population is projected to exceed 9 billion people by the mid 21st century. Workshop topics including cultural, nutritional, culinary, and commercial aspects surrounding edible insects were presented and packaged into a formal curriculum for later use by the participants. A 12-item sensory evaluation of insect-fortified foods provided participants a tangible experience with product palatability. By the end of the workshop, participants had increased various dimensions of their knowledge about edible insects and reported a generally positive perception toward insect-based foods.