Hi, I'm Aly. Here's My Bio:
Aly Moore is the founder of Bugible, a blog about the world of edible insects, and EatBugsEvents.com, an Aladdin's cave of unique events around edible insects like wine/bug pairings and bug dinners. After studying food policy at Yale University, Aly has gone on to speak about the role edible insects will play in addressing the challenges of feeding our growing population. She's been featured on sites like Food & Wine and Forbes (and more recently on Netflix's Bill Nye Saves the World!)
the story behind eat bugs events
When the scene from the Lion King where Timon and Pumbaa chow down on some grub made her hungry, Aly should have known that she would end up working in the edible insect industry. While studying public health and food policy at Yale, Aly took a trip to Mexico and tried grasshoppers for the first time. Overwhelming curiosity about this new food led her to found Bugible, a blog about the world of edible insects. She fell in love with the industry - the cricket farmers, the entrepreneurs creating bug protein bars - and soon joined the board of the first edible insect non-profit, Little Herds. She worked closely with insect companies and saw their challenges to educate western consumers about this stigmatized food.
Aly is a cheerleader for the incredible companies raising edible insects or launching bug products. Aly started hosting fun and memorable events around eating bugs to create atmospheres where first-time-bug-eaters felt more at ease (like bug wine pairings, bug dinners, and bug cooking classes) EatBugsEvents.com emerged as a way to make entomophagy accessible, educate the public, and support the great bug-entrepreneurs.
While based in Los Angeles, Aly travels across the country to host events and speak at conferences. She has brought edible insects to Yale University, Papa Roach, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and more. She has been featured in LA Weekly, PBS Rewire, National Geographic, Food & Wine, Complex Magazine, Forbes, and more.
WHY EAT BUGS
The real question is why not. There’s a reason why insects have been a staple food for thousands of years and around 2 billion people eat bugs today. Choose any food enviro-metric you’d like: gallons of water, Co2 equivalents of greenhouse gases, acres of land, feed-conversion-ratio comparisons, you name it. Insects come out ahead of traditional livestock like beef.
Insects take 12x less food than cows, produce 100x less CO2, take 1000x less water to raise, and can be grown anywhere.
Not only are insects healthy for the environment, but they are packed with nutrients for us as well. If we compare 100g of crickets to 100g of beef, crickets have 2-3X more protein; more calcium, iron, vitamin a, fiber, potassium; an ideal omega 3 to 6 ratio; and all 9 essential amino acids.
It seems a bit scandalous, eh? Who in their right mind (and over age 5) would eat bugs? You call it gross; I call it one of the most intriguing marketing issues of our generation. Look at sushi– less than 40 years ago the U.S. did not relish the idea of consuming raw fish (many even considered it barbaric.)
Now it’s a thriving industry. All it took was some clever branding, the California Roll, and time. The United Nations issued a report in 2013 called Edible Insects, spurring small edible insect businesses into action. They urge us to turn to entomophagy (the fancy word for eating insects) as an additional tool to address world hunger, meet growing population needs, and not further overtax our planet's resources.
There are TONS of other amazing facts about why we should eats bugs - read more about why we should eat insects.
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ADDITIONAL SPEAKING REFERENCES:
Healthy Food Expo West
Netflix’s Bill Nye The Science Guy
Yale Leadership Forum
Yale Technology Conference
General Assembly: Workplace Culture
Santa Barbara Natural History Museum Fundraising Gala
Digital LA: Women in Business & Diversity
Business Rockstars: Entrepreneurship
Blender Workspace Wine & Bugs
Yale School of Public Health Innovation Talk
International Culinary Center
Adventures in Nature Science Camp
SoHo House - Future of Food Panel
The Jane Club
NHM & US-French Embassy - Night of Ideas
RCA Event 2018
FOODIE CON LA
Los Angeles Natural History Museum Bug Fair
IVY Social University
V Wine Room
The Guild Los Angeles
Yale University Global Health
First We Feast
Kennen Navarro Rule of Yum
Eating Insects Athens 2018
Royal High School
Sinaloa Middle School