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Hello All! It’s been quite some time and I have a lot of updates to share. I will cover:
1) The Gateway Bug Documentary, including a showing at the Freep Detroit Film Festival (4/12)
2) THE NEXT CONFERENCE! Coming up in August, and moving to Athens, GA
3) Update on myself, including a discount code for my upcoming book
1) THE GATEWAY BUG
Much of the Gateway Bug was filmed during the 2016 conference. You can see Detroit, especially Wayne State, as a backdrop for interviews with many of the industry’s key players. The movie is available for rent and download on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play. For more info about Johanna Kelly and Cameron Marshad’s award-winning documentary, go to http://thegatewaybug.com
DETROITERS can take advantage of the opportunity to see this movie at Cinema Detroit as part of the Freep Film Fest. It is playing on April 12th at 7pm. You can visit the Facebook event page for more information as well as for a link to buy tickets. https://www.facebook.com/events/378633315937639/
2) EATING INSECTS ATHENS
The next installment of the Eating Insects conference is going to be held August 13-15, 2018 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens, GA. The conference is in the very capable hands of Dr. Marianne Shockley and her organizing committee and the event is now becoming the official meeting of the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture (NACIA). Stay tuned to the conference website for registration and abstract-submission details.
Also, consider joining NACIA (http://www.edibleinsectcoalition.org/) .. doing so will get you reduced rates for the conference.
Don’t worry, the conference will work its way back to Detroit. Possibly in 2020.
3) EDIBLE INSECTS AND HUMAN EVOLUTION
I’ve been keeping myself busy with research, writing, and teaching. That’s why I decided it was best to take a reprieve from conference planning. Also, as much as I love Detroit, the conference was never about the city, it was about the potential of edible insects. As our community grows, there are more enthusiastic individuals that are able and willing to take on the project. The expectation is that the conference will continue to move around North America, but Detroit will always be where it can come “home.”
My upcoming calendar includes traveling to China in May for the Insects Feed the World conference. http://ifw2018.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1. I hope to present some of my research on the importance of edible insects to women in foraging societies.
This work, along with much more, is covered in my book Edible Insects and Human Evolution which is due to come out in July. If you are interested in pre-ordering it, you can visit the University Press of Florida’s website (http://upf.com/book.asp?id=9780813056999) and use the discount code SAA18, which is valid through May 11th. This code will mark the book down the $40! Also worth noting is that there is free shipping for orders over $50, so maybe get a second copy for a friend :)