Insects make up the largest and most diverse group of organisms on the planet. They are a critical part of the global ecosystem as well as nearly every aspect of biotechnology from agriculture to biomedical science. Also, insects are one of the best tools for inspiring an interest in science and nature in children and the general public.
Aaron T. Dossey, PhD, biochemist, post-doctoral entomological researcher and founder of All Things Bugs, is bringing together entomological organizations and institutions from across the country to show off everything that entomology and insects have to offer at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in D.C. from April 27-29, 2012. This is the first entomology section at what is considered to be the nation’s largest celebration of all things science and engineering!
Read about our ento section on SCIENCE BLOGS!
Over the past year, Green Matter, along with The Entomological Foundation, Daniella Martin of Girl Meets Bug and others, has partnered up with All Things Bugs in its search for entomology contributors, sponsors and volunteers… and we still need any help we can get. Donations of any kind – time, monetary, entomological and educational materials, brochures, etc. – are welcome and encouraged!
Some of the sub-topics that will be covered by the themes of our booths include the following.
- Bees and Pollinators
- Insect Zoos and Live Insect Displays
- Cutting-Edge Insect Technology (cyborg beetles, genomics, biomedical science and agriculture)
- Insects as Human Food
- Biodiversity, Systematics and Taxonomy
- Entomological Education and Outreach
Share this information with other bug lovers and then plan that road trip to see all the cool bug stuff! To offer assistance or for more information, feel free to contact Michelle Harris at email@example.com.
The boots that Santa has to fill for Christmas leave a HUGE footprint behind in the winter snow in December. Ethical Ocean took a look at Santa’s environmental impact and tried to help him run a slightly more eco-friendly operation. Learn the dirty truth about Santa’s 122 million-mile trip and the ways he and his elves can make more of a Green Christmas.
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What are your favorite things about the fall season?
“Autumn is a second spring
when every leaf is a flower.”
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~Albert Camus
On Saturday, August 20th, I had the opportunity to check out another one of Mark Berman’s “Cooking with Bugs” programs. Mark was a feature presenter at the Franklin Park Conservatory during their opening weekend of the Healthy Planet: Local Food, Global View exhibit.
This time, Mark, an entomologist and educator at Bugman Educational Entoprises, had a few bug foods that I’ve never seen or even heard, let alone tried. Ant brood, royal jelly and giant waterbugs to name a few. And those giant water bugs were a whopping 3.5 inches long!
I wasn’t too keen on the water bugs but my favorites were the strawberry soup and chocolate-covered crickets. Turn your nose up all you want to but I’m joining the entomophagy bandwagon as an advocate for using bugs as alternative food sources. They are low fat, high protein foods and many taste pretty good.
Heck, if you eat shrimp, lobster and crawfish, it’s all the same! Along with insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes, etc., crustaceans fit into the same group of Arthropods. In fact, those with shellfish allergies are cautioned against eating bugs as they may cause similar allergic reactions.
For the complete story, including slide show, view the write-up on my “Green Living in Columbus Examiner” column.
A little more than one year ago today, a seed was planted in my mind and began to bud within my heart. Out of that grew Green Matter, rooted in the green and environmentalist movement and inspired by the amazing and fascinating world of insects…