Science Book a Day Interviews Daniella Martin

daniella-martinSpecial thanks to Daniella Martin for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet

Daniella Martin is the host of Girl Meets Bug, the insect cooking/travel show. She also blogs about bugs for the Huffington Post. She is passionate about teaching people that insects are fabulous food –in addition to being the most environmentally-efficient animal protein source on the planet! Her dream is to increase public awareness and acceptance of edible insects, with the ultimate goals of helping to solve world hunger, support indigenous people, and reduce pesticide use with this cheap, eco-friendly source of protein. – From Daniella’s Homepage

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#1 – What was the impetus for writing this book?

I wanted to write something that invited in all sorts of readers to the subject I am most passionate about: edible insects and why we should eat them. I wanted to create something that helped enlighten the average reader as to why the big fuss about bugs right now. I truly believe entomophagy is The Next Big Thing, and this book is a primer on it.

#2 – How can eating bugs solve the world’s food problems?

1. Edible insects require far fewer resources like water, food, and land space than conventional livestock.
2. Edible insects produce less GHG-causing emissions
3. Edible insects reproduce far more quickly than conventional livestock, and can be grown almost anywhere, even in cities and in places without pasture or farmland
4. Edible insects are generally very high in the nutrients needed by hungry peoples: protein, iron, calcium, and essential fatty acids.

#3 – What was your favourite insect? Did you baulk at eating any in particular?

My favorite bug to eat is the waxworm, the caterpillar of the Wax Moth. They eat bran and honey and taste like pine nuts crossed with mushrooms. I no longer balk at eating bugs, though I think some taste better than others.

#4 – What obstacles do you think we face before we can make eating insects ‘mainstream’?

Obviously, the common perception that bugs are dirty and gross – which is grossly inaccurate the majority of the time – must be supplemented with an alternative viewpoint. Education on the intellectual level, coupled with the sense-experience of taste will help.

#5 – Are you working on any new projects/books that you can tell us about?

I do have some ideas up my sleeve, but they are secret for now. Muahahaha.

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