Dave Gracer

Dave Gracer

Dave’s taught writing and literature at Community College of Rhode Island for fourteen years…and in many different educational settings. He has published many articles and is writing three books. He discovered entomophagy in 1999 and has worked to advance the subject, which is a bridge between our past and future, and a lens through which to observe our relationships to the planet. He has participated in many entomophagy-centered events, given a TED talk on the subject, and had many adventures throughout the world, including a six-week visit to Tanzania, where he walked across the Serengeti National Park eating bugs along the way as part of a reality television show.


Eating Bugs as a Way to Learn About the World!

We all know that insects occur in many shapes and colors, and they do many things to maintain our world: they pollinate, process waste, and provide food for a wide variety of species. But they can also help save humanity, by providing the most sustainable and nutritious food we could possibly eat. Yes, many people have a problem with this idea, and here’s your chance to get past all that.

In this workshop we will discuss entomophagy, the consumption of insects as a viable food-source for all of humanity. This is a matter of discourse, and of the confluence/conflict between science and human nature. Gracer has studied many facets of this protean subject, and solicits the input of experts and lay people wherever he goes. We’ll talk about the problems and the solutions, and of course you’ll have a chance to sample one or two insects yourself. Bring your appetite and an open mind (you’ll learn more that way).

This program will involve biology, anthropology, journalism, nutrition, and many other disciplines. It will also be fun. Bring lots of questions, and an adventurous mind.

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