Imagine that entomophagy – the art of eating bugs – can be a powerful tool to feed more people delicious and healthful food with low environmental impact. Wendy Lu McGill reasons that looked at from a different angle, for example as cousins of the delicious creatures we think of as “seafood,” insects can be a valuable, delicious and nutritious food source.
“Re-imagining” food, and ways to make agriculture work better for people and our ecosystems, is a central question for Wendy Lu in her work and personal life. She has volunteered locally to bring a community garden to her kids’ school, is establishing Denver’s only urban orchard and can be found holding bug eating workshops wherever people will let her in the door. As a PhD candidate at the Plant and Agricultural Biosciences Centre at the National University of Ireland Galway, Wendy Lu is examining how farming edible insects where they are currently eaten and collected in the wild could have a positive impact on food and nutrition insecurity.
The mother of two school-aged international citizens, Wendy Lu is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and has lived in Colorado for more than 20 years, excluding stints abroad. She holds an MA in international and intercultural communication from the University of Denver and a BA in international affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Wendy Lu served in Ukraine from 2003-2005 with the U.S. Peace Corps and has since worked with international development agencies such as UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and Habitat for Humanity International. She is currently beginning a study of people farming palm weevil larvae in Ghana in collaboration with Aspire Food Group. She also sits on the Board of Little Herds, an entomophagy advocacy non-profit organization.