Insects as Mini Livestock
Insects as Mini Livestock: a “citizen’s assembly” style workshop
Date and Location
Tuesday 21st February, 3pm to 5.30pm GMT.
Aims of the Workshop
This AWRN-funded workshop aimed to discuss subjects including:
Insect Sentience: should we be concerned for the welfare of insects?
Insect farming ethics: should we be farming insects at all?
Can insect farming help us improve the sustainability of our food system?
Speakers at the event were:
Dr Meghan Barrett – California State University Dominguez Hills/Rethink Priorities
Dr Lars Chittka – Queen Mary University London
Dr Bob Fischer – Texas State University/Rethink Priorities
Jacopo Moccia – Eurogroup for Animals
Helen Mytton-Mills – Agrigrub
The organisers of the workshop have written a comprehensive summary of the event which can be found here:
LINK TO INSECT WORKSHOP SUMMARY
In addition Meghan Barrett and Lars Chittka have written stakeholder summaries of their talks. These describe in simpler terms, the background to the work, their research approach, key findings, relevance of their work for industry and policy, route for practical application and confidence in findings.
LINK TO MEGHAN BARRETT SUMMARY
LINK TO LARS CHITTKA SUMMARY
Videos of talks
All five talks from this workshop, along with an introduction from Lizzie Rowe (Freelance Animal Welfare Researcher / Rethink Priorities) and Siobhan Mullan (University College Dublin) can now be found on the Members Only section of the website. Members will need to log in to the website (top right corner) and then select Meeting Presentations / Workshops from the menu.