Panel discussion and Future Food Salon

August 25th, 2013 by David Gracer · News

Hello Everybody listening,

It’s definitely time for an update. On 8/14 there was a panel discussion on entomophagy in Manhattan; part of a larger conference on the future of cities, hosted by CSI, The Center for Social Innovation and by Alimentary Initiatives, a Canadian think-tank seeking to reinvent how we experience food. The panel speakers included me, Marianne Shockley Cruz of the University of Georgia, and Lou Sorkin of the American Museum of Natural History.

The evening featured a talk by Jakub Dzamba, creator of 3MF, a ground-breaking new paradigm in urban agriculture. Jakub, a recent graduate of McGill University’s Architecture program, has designed several versions of cricket farms that are poised to revolutionize large-scale insect farming for human consumption. The talk was well-attended by media types, and received a lot of coverage. This is wonderful news, and appears to be only the start of further activities. Here’s the official wrap-up of the event:

They also posted a short piece on Youtube:
And here’s a range of media offerings:
Tomorrow morning on NPR airs the Marketplace: airing times will vary according to local carriers/broadcasters. Please consult the NPR schedule. I am assuming (hmm) that it will be available online.
It will be airing on Marketplace Morning Report
Marketplace Tech Report (in the afternoon)
Times vary according to local broadcasting schedules.
Tech Report’s link is:
In the New Yorker…
By Silvia Killingsworth
Eating in Translation by Dave Cook
Jakub was on CBC Television’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange last Friday at 7pm Toronto time, and discussed his cricket farming technologies.

All in all, a big step for what I like to call “The Movement.” And there’s more to come: a major international conference in The Netherlands next May, and several other events before and after that. Exciting times.

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Something kind of cool: the backstory

August 26th, 2011 by David Gracer · News

Last summer, my excellent friend and webmaster Keri Marion told me about something going on in downtown Providence: people were making short films of “aha moments,” and maybe I should really try to get myself down there.  I did, and the good people there — sponsored by Mutual of Omaha, which I have fond memories of via their ‘Wild Kingdom’ TV series with Marlin Perkins — shot the following, which I saw for the first time today. Dave\’s aha moment


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The Latest Big Article

August 21st, 2011 by David Gracer · News


Wanted to share this with you.

The current issue of The New Yorker features a great article by Dana Goodyear, entitled “Grub.”  Ms. Goodyear attended our symposium at the annual ESA Conference in San Diego last December, and then joined some of us for a high-profile insect-chef cook-off last May at the 25th Annual Bug Fair sponsored by and held at The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History.  Here’s her article: grub

It’s already generated a good deal of attention; I did a radio interview on Friday, which I’ll post in the next few days.  I was actually articulate.   In the bigger picture, there has been a huge increase in the amount of press coverage for this subject.  At some point I’ll include a run-down of all that.

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