At Alimentary Initiatives and the Culture of Cities Centre, we are excited about the future of food. Too much discussion about the future of food focuses on doom and gloom. The Future Food Salon Series is designed to lay the foundation for discussion and action in identifying, disseminating and celebrating innovative options for feeding future generations.
The Future Food Salons are hosted by Alimentary Initiatives and the Culture of Cities Centre.
In Austin, the Future Food Salon ATX was a benefit for Little Herds, North America's first non-profit with charity status dedicated to furthering the cause of Edible Insects.
By creating cultural events that combine talk, music, art installations and also food and drink, the series permits engagement with the topic of the future of food in an environment that is itself innovative. This creative space invites spontaneous connections with the cutting edge of research in technology, food and the arts.
The salons attract those with a professed or secret interest in the future, in food, and in the urban built environment. Some come because they are curious about all things culinary. Others come because they are attracted by the sustainability options that eating insects offer. Still others attend for the cultural experience of the Salon atmosphere.
The 2013-14 series is all about eating crickets. Crickets are more efficient to raise than traditional livestock as their cultivation requires less water, less land and less feed than traditional livestock, and produces less waste. They are also nutritious with comparable protein to traditional meats with heart-healthy fats, and they are versatile as a food ingredient. Some of our sponsors in this series are making a business case for eating crickets right now in the present.
Our Sponsors and Partners
Chapul makes a high protein cricket-based bar and Big Cricket Farm, based in Ohio is the first American farm exclusively dedicated to cultivating food grade crickets for wholesale and retail markets. Jakub Dzamba and his Third Millennium Farming is about to launch the Dzamba cricket reactors, self-contained cricket-rearing farm units that can be used for both decentralized and large scale farming.
Entomophagy expert Dave Gracer of Small Stock Foods (Rhode Island), and entomologists Marianne Shockley (Georgia) and Lou Sorkin participated in an Entomophagy Panel at our New York Salon, and will be speaking at the Eating Innovation conference, Aug 26-28, also in Montreal. David Gracer, a member of the Future Food Salon Group, will also be presenting in Montreal.
Tiny Farms from California will also be in attendance and leading one of the plenary sessions at the Eating Innovation conference.