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  • Andreas Johnsen

Will eating insects save our Earth? A chef and a food lab researcher go globe-trotting to investigate edible insects.

Insects as food is a hot topic, particularly over the last few years, since the UN recommended edible insects as a resource to combat world hunger. They have been heralded for their taste by cooks and gastronomes, for their low ecological impact by environmentalists, and for their nutritional content by public health scientists. It would seem that insects are the new superfood that will fix all our problems of global food security.

For the past three years, a team from Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab has been travelling the world to learn what some of the two billion people who already eat insects have to say. In BUGS, film director Andreas Johnsen follows them as they forage, farm, cook, and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan, and beyond. During their journey they encounter everything from revered termite queens and desert-delicacy honey ants to venemous giant hornets and long-horned grasshoppers trapped using powerful floodlights, which sometimes cause their operators blindness.

Photo by Andreas Johnsen, courtesy Kino Lorber

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Entomophagy and insect cuisine

Film Streams, Omaha, NE