A guest lecture was conducted by the Life Science Department of Kristu Jayanti College on the topic of Entomophagy, which is the human consumption of insects. The expert lecturer was the renowned Dutch Entomologist Professor Arnold Van Huis, who is a professor of Tropical Entomology at Wageningen University, Netherlands. He coordinates the research program 'Sustainable Production of Insect Proteins for Human Consumption’ and has co-authored the book "The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet".
During the lecture, he briefed the students and faculty of the Life Sciences Department about the nutritive and environmental aspects of Entomophagy. The potential of insects was not the only topic he spoke about, but also as a feed for poultry animals. He discussed about the origination of the concept in Tropical countries and also shared some of his personal experiences that he has had in various countries that he has visited. He explained about the different insects popularly consumed in different locations like Africa, Asia, Latin America etc and also talked about why Entomophagy is most popular in the tropical countries(where they are secretive about this tradition) but not In the temperate zones. He compared the nutritive values of various protein-rich insects with the food that is commonly consumed for protein such as beef, fish, pork etc. He sheds light on the advantages and disadvantages that come with the concept of Entomophagy with reference to the environment. He also discusses the various ways in which insects can be consumed.
When the session was open for discussion, a few questions were answered by him put forth by the curious students present in the audience. The session was an informative one that introduced the students about an unexplored field of Science and was one of the many unique guest lectures held in Kristu Jayanti College.