Bugs on the Menu at MSU

Dates: October 18, 2021

Meets: Mon. from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Museum of the Rockies

OLLI Member: $0.00

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Insects are edible and sustain one-fourth of the global population in rural and urban areas across socio-economic levels. As a dense source of complete protein and other essential nutrients, insects likely were the food that helped grow the big brain of the early hominids who developed into humans. Now insects emerge on our plate as a food ingredient that can help in our efforts to protect diminishing supplies of clean water and available land. Insects produce very little greenhouse gases and as a food engine they're 12 times more efficient than beef for protein production. Come and learn about how MSU is the leading university in literally putting "bugs on the menu." We are the first U.S. land grant university to add food insect entrees, appetizers, and desserts to the daily catering menu. Learn about the research on edible insects at MSU and have a taste of the sustainable future.

Fee:   $0.00


Museum of the Rockies

600 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59717

Florence Dunkel

Florence Dunkel is an associate professor of entomology in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology at MSU. Thirty-three years ago, Florence worked with her students to initiate the first Bug Buffet at MSU. It has now grown to a week-long event that engages the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was redesigned to include an on-campus only Bug-in-a-Box Buffet and hot insect entrees in the dining halls on campus, reaching 4,300 participants. Florence has served as a consultant for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and presented at and cooked for the first TEDx Bozeman event. She loves to cook and bake with insects and is known her for her Sicilian cricket lasagna. She came to MSU in 1988 as the first woman head of an entomology department in the U.S. and the first woman head of a department in MSU's College of Agriculture.


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