A short while later I received a mock-up of the below image, with a fake quote "eating bugs is cool!" It absolutely cracked me up. I would post it here, but I don't really want my image with that fake quote out on the interwebs because it does make me sound ridiculous out of context. However, I was given a questionnaire so that they could pull a real quote from me. Questions were things like: Why anthropology? Why entomophagy? What was your favorite book? What did you want to be when you grow up? When did you know you wanted to be an academic? etc.
I gave many quote-worthy entomophagy statements, but I was taken aback when they decided to use a statement about teaching instead.
All of the interest in entomophagy lately has been a bit of a whirlwind. I have been studying insects in the human diet for almost a decade now, but it has only been in the most recent years that the world is starting to really care. I consider myself lucky in terms of my favorite definition of the word - preparation meets opportunity. All of a sudden the opportunity is there for my work to be of public interest. I am amazed by all the momentum I currently have, but it took this CLAS promotional material to remind me that I have been preparing for this for a very long time. I am a teacher first and foremost. It is what I love and what I have wanted to do my entire adult life. It meant a lot to me that CLAS found this fact just as interesting or important as my trendy research topic.
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