My Little Pony Burger
Last night I gave a presentation and moderated discussion at an event on “(Un)accepted Foods,” hosted by a group in Wageningen called Stichting Ruw.
The goal of the evening was to learn more about the potential of insects as food and about eating unconventional food products like horse and goose meat.
There were excellent presentations.
Rob Hagenouw, an artist, spoke about his project Keuken van het Ongewenst Dier (Kitchen of the Unwanted Animal) where they make and sell “My Little Pony Burgers” and croquettes from geese shot at the airport.
Arnold van Huis, author of ‘The Insect Cookbook’ and Professor of Entomology (see his TED talk here) gave a fascinating talk covering the opportunities and challenges association with the development of an insect eating culture in Europe.
I provided a socio-cultural perspective on food categorisation: why are some edible substances considered food and others not. If you are interested in seeing my presentation, here it is: (Un)Accepted Foods 08.04.14
A new (and final) report from Oliver de Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, submitted to the Human Rights Council, draws the conclusions from his mandate, showing the connections between his various contributions.
Most stakeholders agree, in general terms, on the urgent need for reform. Measured
against the requirement that they should contribute to the realization of the right to food, the food systems we have inherited from the twentieth century have failed. Of course,
significant progress has been achieved in boosting agricultural production over the past
Read the report here: http://www.srfood.org/images/stories/pdf/officialreports/20140310_finalreport_en.pdf
Media Release: Democracy and diversity can mend broken food systems – final diagnosis from UN right to food expert
GENEVA (10 March 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger.
“The eradication of hunger and malnutrition is an achievable goal. However, it will not be enough to refine the logic of our food systems – it must instead be reversed,” Mr. De Schutter stressed during the presentation of his final report* to the UN Human Rights Council after a six-year term as Special Rapporteur.