A Semiotic Approach to Entomophagy

Eating Insects Detroit has been an amazing experience. I have gained an incredible amount of insight and am even more passionate about promoting awareness to share the numerous benefits of entomophagy. There were so many excellent presentations; I don’t know where to begin. I’ll be writing in more depth about Eating Insects Detroit once I am back in Milwaukee. I will also update the ento resources page with new links to check out!

At any rate, before the conference, I did some anthropological research to try and answer the following questions:

1. How can a semiotic approach to food and insects be applied to help us understand how to change American ideas as they relate to entomophagy?

2. Is it possible to weaken American perceptions of entomophagy through positive language applications?

3. Can American aversions to entomophagy be weakened through sensory and semantic manipulation?

My research was presented briefly at the conference in the form of a poster presentation, but will be made available once it’s published. I will include the link to the journal once this happens. Hopefully this PDF (link below) will suffice until my research is published:

Poster Presentation – Eating Insects Detroit

Please feel free to email me with any questions or if you’re interested in collaborating:



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