Local expert gets funding to develop food based on insects

Aaron DosseyGainesville entomologist Aaron Dossey wants to feed bugs to starving children to prevent malnutrition, and now he has a $100,000 grant to give it a shot.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday awarded Dossey the grant to develop an insect-based food for children in famine-stricken areas of the world. Dossey said he plans to create a paste or other food product using insects such as crickets, which he said are more accessible than other ingredients in places lacking resources.

“Insects are a lot more sustainable and at least theoretically can be farmed in places that don’t have a lot of access to water or resources required to raise cattle,” he said.

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