About Wendy Lu & Edible Insects for Food and Feed

4695253-insect-and-bug-collection-in-detailed-vector-silhouette-stock-vectorAn ever hotter planet, an increasing world population, a finite amount of arable land – and edible insects?

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.

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3 thoughts on “About Wendy Lu & Edible Insects for Food and Feed

  1. Hello Wendy,
    I got your information from Nathan who started Little Herds. He said you were working with others in Colorado for farming insects. My partner Claire and I served in Guyana with the Peace Corps. and since we’ve been back in Denver we have been working on our startup Chirp. We’ve been raising crickets, mealworms and superworms in our home and are looking to expand maybe partner up with other like minded people like yourself. Hope to hear from you soon and looking forward to helping spread the word of Entomophagy.
    Warm regards,
    Colleen Jacobs

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  2. Christine Liptak

    Hi Wendy Lu,

    I am trying to find where I can get edible bugs in Denver. I am a naturalist at Roxborough State Park and we are doing a puppet show “Ask a bug” on Saturday morning 7/25. I would love to have some bug related food for the kids and parents to try. Would it be possible for me to find some yummies by Saturday?

    Thank you!
    Christine Liptak
    303.570.2746
    clipta@yahoo.com

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  3. Hi Wendy,

    I found your blog through Twitter, and think we have a lot in common.

    Let me first introduce myself, my name is Christine, and I have launched a natural energy bar, which contains cricket flour. As I’m sure you know, crickets are high in protein, contain high levels of iron and all essential amino acids, and are much more sustainable to farm than conventional livestock. My bars called Crobar, contain no added sugar or dairy, and are gluten- free.

    Would you be interested in collaborating somehow? I’d be happy to send you samples to taste, so you can see the bars actually taste nice 🙂

    You can also read more information on the brand and “Why Eat Crickets?”, on http://www.croprotein.com

    (Note that if you are allergic to shellfish, you might also be allergic to crickets)

    Look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind Regards

    Christine

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