Hamilton College’s student-run Club Ento held a panel on edible insects on Feb. 26. The discussion, titled “The Gateway Bug,” included panelists Kevin Bachhuber, founder of Big Cricket Farms, and Lucy Knops and Julia Plevin, co-founders of their startup Critter Bitters. They were joined by Alex Plakias, professor of philosophy, and Ernest Williams, professor emeritus of biology.
Entomophagy is the human consumption of insects as food, or human insectivore. The term is comprised from the Greek word éntomon, or “insect,” and phagein, “to eat.”
Club Ento was formed in the spring of 2014 by then senior Nathan Livingston. After his graduation, the club has continued to move towards their goal of increasing awareness of and access to edible insects and their nutritional benefits. The club is also determined to break down the taboo stigmas associated with entomophagy in the US.
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