I will be participating in a panel called "Bugs, Magic and Protein" at 1:00 on Saturday January 17th. In addition to discussing my research in paleoanthropology, I will be highlighting the research presented by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on the benefits of insects as foods. One thing I will be presenting are the amazing info-graphics created by the Austin-bsed nonprofit, Little Herds. These images capture the striking amount of resources our traditional livestock use to produce just one kilogram of food. Below is the one that startles me the most. Fresh water is a very limited resource. People love to blow through it like it is infinite; watering "lawns" in Nevada and taking hour-long showers. I always say that wars will be fought over water one day just as they are fought now over oil. It takes so little water to raise crickets as feed.
Also very exciting is that I will be bringing Hopper Bars, cricket-flour based protein bars, to the Con for people to try! You may have heard of them from their successful $30,000 Kickstarter campaign. I am working with them to bring bite-size samples for people to try. The Hopper mission:
So if you are a geek in metro-Detroit, I suggest you check out ConFusion. It's going to be an amazing couple of days and it just so happens that I will be there talking about eating bugs.