by Andreas Johnsen
A Gastronomic Adventure with Nordic Food Lab
Insects as food is a hot topic. Particularly over the last few years, since the UN recommended edible insects as a resource to combat world hunger, they have been heralded for their taste by cooks and gastronomes, for their low ecological impact by environmentalists and for their nutritional content by public health scientists. It would seem that insects are the new superfood that will fix all our problems of global food security. For the past years a team from Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab has been travelling the world to learn what some of the two billion people who already eat insects have to say. In BUGS, Andreas Johnsen follows them as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities all over the world. Throughout the team’s experiences and conversations in the field, at the lab, at farm visits and international conferences, hard questions start to emerge.
Are insects a mirror that reflects our broken food systems, or the silver bullet that will fix them?