Eat the Beetles! by David Waltner-Toews
An Exploration into Our Conflicted Relationship with Insects

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But even if he isn't changing many minds, Waltner-Toews seems content just helping to spark a larger conversation around food production and its effect on the greater environment.
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Will eating insects change the world for the better?​


Meet the beetles: there are millions and millions of them and many fewer of the rest of us — mammals, birds, and reptiles. Since before recorded history, humans have eaten insects. While many get squeamish at the idea, entomophagy — people eating insects — is a possible way to ensure a sustainable and secure food supply for the eight billion of us on the planet.


Once seen as the great enemy of human civilization, destroying our crops and spreading plagues, we now see insects as marvellous pollinators of our food crops and a potential source of commercial food supply. From upscale restaurants where black ants garnish raw salmon to grubs as pub snacks in Paris and Tokyo, from backyard cricket farming to high-tech businesses, Eat the Beetles! weaves these cultural, ecological, and evolutionary narratives to provide an accessible and humorous exploration of entomophagy.

 

About David Waltner-Toews

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Published May 9, 2017 by ECW Press. 387 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife, Cooking, Political & Social Sciences.
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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Marcia Kaye on May 14 2017

The book offers more questions than answers. But for backyard cricket foragers, high-tech-entrepreneurs or regular food shoppers and restaurant patrons, Eat the Beetles! is an essential part of a growing buzz.

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Reviewed by Ann Hui on Jun 09 2017

But even if he isn't changing many minds, Waltner-Toews seems content just helping to spark a larger conversation around food production and its effect on the greater environment.

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