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Z-End give Little Herds "the chance to combine our love of bug-eating and Zombie-fiction. If the end come via flesh eating hordes, insects will be a great way to grow food on the go without a lot of resources."
With demand for meat rising around the world, and many nations facing starvation and food deficiencies, we know we have to change the way we view food. Current farming practices are ravaging the environment, polluting the water and air, causing deforestation, overfishing, and contributing to the rise in infectious diseases.
Cultivating insects as food addresses each of these problems. But in North American and in Europe, we have the hurdle of the taboo against them. 80% of the world views them as normal food; it's only nations in Europe, Canada, and the USA who balk at the idea.
Little Herds is changing that perception, through children's education and public events, working with chefs, bakers, farmers, and businesses to make this a viable market, and promote healthy eating and sustainable farming.
In an interview with Austin Chronicle, Robert Nathan Allen explains, "I absolutely stumbled into it...and I started reading about the health benefits and the environmental benefits of entomophagy. And, at the time, I was the bar manager at a hotel here in town, so I thought, 'Hey, I can be the first person to put them on the menu,' and since then it's evolved into a much larger idea."
"So I reached out to people across the country who were writing about entomophagy...And I got in touch with Harmon Johar of World Entomophagy...and his goal was to be the first large-scale producer of food-grade insects. Not the mealworms and crickets that you can buy in bulk from growers who provide to pet stores or for chicken feed, but a standard, hygienic, organic, human-consumption-grade insect. But it's still a scary topic to broach for a lot of people. Even with the UN coming out and talking about how great and necessary it is, there are still a lot of people who are real squeamish about it." (Austin Chronicle, 2013)
This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.