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US to host international insect congress

As a burgeoning area of research and commerce, there have been a number of conferences held across Europe and in Canada dedicated to edible insects. But Wayne State University will be the first to host such a conference in the United States.

The conference Eating Insects Detroit: Exploring the Culture of Insects as Food and Feed will be held at WSU's Community Arts Auditorium and the surrounding main campus area from May 26 till 28.

The first conference in North America dedicated to edible insects was held in Montreal in August 2014. After Julie Lesnik, assistant professor in Wayne State's Department of Anthropology, attended this conference, she knew the entrepreneurial spirit of Detroit was the perfect atmosphere for the first US conference of this kind.

"With the building interest in edible insects and the growing array of insect-based products," Lesnik said, "there is great opportunity to engage the public in discussions about their potential and issues surrounding food security and sustainability. WSU is exceptionally suited to host this conference as it brings decades of successful community-university collaborations confronting regional and global social and health issues," Lesnik said.

The proceedings/presentations of the event are available here.

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