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This week we are talking about entomophagy – the practice of eating insects. As humanity searches for ways to live more sustainability on this planet, some entrepreneurs are trying to Make Bugs Happen in the United States. Over two billion humans consume insects as a standard part of their diet and 80% of the world’s countries consume insects in one form or another. Yet western consumers remain resistant, creating a huge uphill battle. We’ll ask, why are some people trying to get people to shift to eating insects, as opposed to just eating a plant based diet? If the U.S. insect market does continue to grow, what does that mean for the fate of insects? Is this something that vegans should advocate for? Would the amount of pain, suffering, and exploitation increase or decrease?
A transcript of this episode will be available here on 23rd
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Why Aren’t We Eating More Insects?(New York Times)
A Taste Of Lobster History (History Channel)
Foundations of Animal Sentience (ASENT). Research from Dr. Jonathan Birch(London School of Economics and Political Science)