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NYES, The Explorers Club, MSNH, Alimentary Initiatives

Four hosts are bringing you the two events of NY Eats Bugs.


The New York Entomological Society was founded in 1892, and has since held a distinguished position among scientific and cultural organizations. The Brooklyn Entomological Society consolidated with the NYES in 1968. Members and subscribers are drawn from all parts of the world and include professional biologists, enthusiastic amateurs, and laymen for whom insects are only one amid many interests. The Society's Journal is among the oldest leading entomological periodicals in the United States. In 1992, the Society held its Centennial Banquet at The Explorer's Club; the menu and guest lecture featured edible insects.


The Explorers Club was organized on May 28, 1904, at a dinner at the Aldine Association, located at 111 Fifth Avenue in New York City by fifty men well known in exploration. The Club began to invite both explorers returning from the field and visiting scientists to tell of their experiences. This informal practice  developed into the smoker-lecture illustrated talks of the 1930s and 1940s, and today, the Club hosts public lectures, members-only lectures, and other Special Events. Members also tell their stories through Publications, Flag Reports, and our ECOH Oral History. In 1965 the Club purchased its current headquarters at 46 East 70th Street. The Explorers Club hosted the NY Entomological Society’s first bug banquet in 1992.


The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians (MSNH) is a 501 (c) non-for-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to science education for the public benefit. Since its founding in 2011, the MSNH has hosted over 40 events in New York. Events typically include free tours of natural history collections, research labs and exhibits led by scientists at renowned institutions across New York City including the American Museum of Natural History, The New York Botanical Garden and Rockefeller University. Additionally, the MSNH hosts guided walks and hikes in Central Park and nearby state forests.


Alimentary Initiatives is a future food consultancy in Toronto founded by Dr. Aruna Antonella Handa. In addition to consulting work, Alimentary hosts events and conducts experiments designed to detail a future of food in which everyone has enough good food to eat. Together with members of the Future Food Salon Group and Montreal's Space for Life Insectarium, Alimentary hosted North America's first international conference on edible insects in 2014. Alimentary has hosted Future Food Salons on edible insects in several North American cities, including New York. The next Future Food Salon series will launch in 2016.


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