National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology
Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career and the future of food science
Presenter: Skye Blackburn, Founder at the Edible Bug Shop
National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.
National Science Week is an opportunity for everyone to talk science, see science and do science. This year, National Science Week will take place from 15th-23rd August and during this week, AIFST will be turning the spotlight onto Food Science & Technology as a career and what the future holds.
Date: Tuesday 18th August
Time: 4.00pm - 5:00pm (AEST)
About the Speaker:
Skye Blackburn is an Entomologist and Food scientist with a passion for sustainable food practices. Edible Bug Shop was Australia's first farmer of edible insects and is a world leader in Edible Insect farming techniques, developing edible insect products suitable for the Western diet and educating the general public about the benefits of insects as a source of food through cooking demonstrations, media appearances and collaborations.
At the time food science and entomology seemed like a strange mix of professions but Skye has combined her skills in both fields to design a range of edible insect products that are safe to eat and taste great!
Skye feels that by educating people about the way that edible insects can be farmed as a eco-friendly alternative protein, she can help reduce some of the misconceptions about eating bugs. You don't just have to eat bugs if you are stuck in the bush and have nothing else to eat. When prepared properly, and you get over the initial YUCK factor, bugs are very tasty and are also good for you (and the environment).
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