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Bugs! Could insects be the future of food and feed security?

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Monday, October 2, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM (ACDT)

Bugs! Could insects be the future of food and feed...

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Entomophagy ˌɛntəˈmɒfədʒi/ - the practice of eating insects for food.

Beyond being a regular game show prop, bugs should be a serious part of our future food conversation.

Nutritious and sustainable, the research clearly shows that entomophagy is something that the western world needs to consider to be able to manage the growing population and increasing demands on natural resources.

Are insects a super food? Can they save the planet? Do they have the potential to disrupt the $230bn Agribusiness industry (larger than mining) and the food industry? Already a multi-million industry overseas, what will it take for Australia to claim its share of the potential insect protein market?

Join our panel of researchers, industry experts and insect farming start-ups in an informative exploration of the potential of insects as a future food.  This will be a Q&A style panel format with audience questions. And yes, there will be bugs for sampling!


  • Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson – University of Adelaide – has conducted public perception studies relating to entomophagy

  • Dr Jane Bowen – Research Dietician – CSIRO Food and Nutrition

  • Dr Stephen Pyecroft –  University of Adelaide – Senior Lecturer Veterinary Pathology, strong interest in Aquaculture industry

  • Dr Bryan Lessard – Post Doctoral Research Fellow – Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO

  • Olympia Yarger – Managing Director, GoTerra Canberra – the 1st Australian Black Soldier Fly Farm, creating protein for feedstock using food waste

  • Lucas Becker – Director, Grilo Proteins, NSW

  • Paula Pownall – Founder & Cricket Farmer, Grubs Up Australia, WA

  • Dr. Barry MGookin – General Manager Innovation, Capabilities and Skills, Food Innovation Australia Ltd
  • Sam TretheweyGeneral Manager SproutX & Agri Innovation at Findex
  • Duncan Welgemoed – Head Chef, Africola – advocate for entomophagy in modern cuisine. 


 How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Jeannine Malcolm, Event Coordinator - 0421616943 or with any queries regarding this event. 

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Open State Hub is a pop-up venue will in Tarndanyangga (Victoria Square). This is easily accessible by public transport, inc. the free tram from Central Adelaide Train Station or King William Street. Public parking is available around the  precinct and being a public holiday, should be a flat rate regardless of time.  For more information go to or 

Can I get a refund if I can't go?

Unfortunately no. We are keeping the costs of this event as low as possible to ensure that as many people can attend as possible. We are not in a position to be able to offer any discounts or refunds for this event. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

Will insects make me sick?

It is very unlikely.  Probably also depends on how many you eat!! However, people who have allergies or intolerances to shellfish are warned that eating insects may produce similar reactions. We discourage you from sampling insects if you have a history of allergies to shellfish. 

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Keep yourself and others informed of your Open State experiences by using the following hashtags: #OpenState17, #FutureFood and #Innovation.

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Open State HUB
Tarndanyangga (Victoria Square)
Grote Street
Adelaide, SA 5000

Monday, October 2, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM (ACDT)

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