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Gala

Green Carpet Gala: Bugs on the Menu

Year 2016
Runtime 78 mins
Language English

This year's Green Carpet Selection, BUGS ON THE MENU, travels worldwide to explore the health and environmental benefits of insect protein for human consumption. The Green Carpet Gala celebrates sustainability with a screening and after-party at Paper St. (across the street from Globe Cinema). Tickets cost $25.

Director Ian Toews & producer Mark Bradley in attendance! 

The sound of crickets isn’t always a good thing, but to the entrepreneurs of Entomo Farms, it’s the sound of their rapidly growing business. The Goldin brothers raise cricket protein for human consumption, and they’ve seen their farm grow tenfold in two years. The surge of interest has been sparked by a 200-page UN report outlining the advantages of insect protein that has been downloaded seven million times. While an estimated two billion people eat bugs worldwide, it’s still not an accepted food in the West, and with the population projected to surpass nine billion by 2050, the time to consider alternate proteins is now.

BUGS ON THE MENU follows startup companies, such as Entomo Farms, Chapul and Six Foods, and highlights how these and other restaurateurs, cricket farmers, scholars and scientists are part of a movement to normalize insect eating in the West as an alternative to traditional, resource-intensive meat. By showing the benefits of raising insects for consumption across the board, this film is a well-researched and persuasive argument to open your mind and consider what our future diets will look like.

Interested in trying some bugs yourself? Family Freezed will be on hand with grasshopper pie popsicles – yum! 

Countries

Canada
Festivals
NORTHWESTFEST, Feast Food and Film Festival Victoria
Director
Ian Toews
Producer
Mark Bradley, Ian Toews
Editor
Jason Nielsen
Music
Brendan Ostrander, Darren Phillips
Cast
Dr. Luis Tarango Arambula, Jack Armstrong, Davy Blouzard, Andrew Brentano, Roy Burgman, Marieke Calis, Warren Carter, Pat Crowley, Laura D’Asaro, Meeru Dhalwala, Dr. Florence Dunkel, Darren Goldin, David George Gordon, Jack Griffith, Doreen Ketchens, Gabi