Bugs for Life is a charitable organisation working for the promotion of edible insects as a sustainable, affordable and nutritious solution to food security around the world. A volunteer-run interdisciplinary team of with scientific, social, management and communications backgrounds that understand edible insects from all angles.
In 2012, Bugs for Life started a project to research traditional uses of edible insects in Benin, West Africa and continued working with the Wama community throughout time to find more sustainable insect eating solutions in this food insecure area affected by malnutrition.
Representatives of the organisation will attend following the screening of documentary BUGS screens on Wednesday 11 January (18.10). With the UN estimating that food production will need to increase 70% to feed the planet by 2050, the daily reality of insects as a foodstuff may not be far away. BUGS is a timely, entertaining documentary exploring sustainable production models to make you think twice about what you put on your plate.
Joining us following the screening, Craig Macfarlane is a science communicator with a background in environmental science and a passion for educating people about the many ecological, economic and nutritional benefits of sustainable insect farming. He is responsible for the educational output of Bugs for Life in Benin and delivers talks and outreach events for the charity in the UK.
Marthe S. Jacobsen specialises in converging business and technology, with particular interest in strategic change management. She has always had a huge interest in the charitable sector and wants to help make the world a smarter and more efficient place, with a particular concern for peoples’ well being. Bugs for Lifes aim and objectives strives to achieve these goals through focusing on insects as a potential protein source for global consumption.
Join Bugs for Life at the screening on Wednesday 11 January, grill the experts to find out everything you've ever wanted to know about crispy creepy crawlies or succulent wriggling maggots - and try a mealworm pakora if you're feeling brave!