Abstract

The idea of eating insects, formally known as entomophagy, is something held in great abhorrence by our Western culture. It is to our own detriment that we treat the globally common practice with such contempt. The benefits we stand to gain could open new economic markets, improve American health, and dramatically cut the strain on global resources. The only things stopping us are our first world attitudes. Changing something as ingrained as personal biases and individual taste takes more than a persuasive paper. The use of art, due to its unique position as a universal language system, is the most effective means to reach a wider and more diverse audience. This point is essential when considering the primary driving factor behind the need for a new nutrient-rich protein source. The global population is growing at alarming rates, which will continue to bring about more difficult challenges. Insect protein can provide an answer to growing world hunger, assuming we in the developed world can do our part in putting our resources into commercially developing it. Entomophagy is an untapped resource that can cheaply supply our rapidly expanding population with the essential proteins it needs while simultaneously decreasing our environmental strains.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2014

Mentor

Isaac Powell

Department/Professional Affiliation

Art and Design

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Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Department

Art and Design

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