Emeritus Prof’s Book on Eating Bugs Featured by The Walrus

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An excerpt from a new book by emeritus professor David Waltner-Toews, Population Medicine, appeared in The Walrus May 8. In Eat the Beetles: An Exploration Into Our Conflicted Relationship With Insects, Waltner-Toews discusses the possibility that bugs, commonly eaten in East Asia, will appear on the menus of North American restaurants. He writes that “the path to normalizing insects on the plate is a path that leads through mutual respect to greater ecological and cultural understanding.” He first grew interested in the concept when Veterinarians Without Borders (Canada), an organization he helped establish, started a project in Laos to help people raise crickets for food.