Biological Anthropology and the Public: Julie J. Lesnik


Using edible insects to inspire conversations about human evolution and food sustainability
Current perceptions of insects as food here in the United States are generally of disgust, even though insects are a common and desirable food in many different cultures around the world. Common explanations for the absence of insects in our diet revolve around sendentism and agriculture, but these are phenomena that exist worldwide. From an evolutionary perspective, the fact that the northern latitudes were covered in ice when people first arrived seems to be a more appealing explanation. Here I discuss how I work to bring these concepts to the public through events designed to normalize the idea of insects as food.
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