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UKGFF: BUGS: The Film at the Barbican

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Time 18:30
Date 08/05/17
Price £12
  • Produced by UK Green Film Festival
  • Price £12
  • Get ready to delve into the world of the alternate protein no one quite wants to talk about yet
  • Bring along the non-squeamish
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  • See you at Barbican

Since the UN recommended edible insects as a resource to combat world hunger, they have been heralded for their taste by cooks and gastronomes.

Insects’ low ecological impact has been championed by environmentalists and for their nutritional content by public health scientists. Yet it’s not a topic that’s easy to swallow in the West.

For the past three years a team from Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab has been travelling the world to learn what some of the two billion people who already eat insects have to say. In BUGS, film director Andreas Johnsen follows them as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond.

Throughout the team’s experiences and conversations in the field, at the lab, at farm visits and international conferences, some hard questions start to emerge. If industrially produced insects become the norm, will they be as delicious and as beneficial as the ones in diverse, resilient ecosystems and cuisines around the world? And who will actually benefit as insects are scaled up? Are insects a mirror that reflects our broken food systems, or the silver bullet that will fix them?

This screening will be followed by a Skype Screen Talk by director Andreas Johnsen.