Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Eat Your Insects: Butterfly Conservatory

The lovely Kirsten at it again; sharing her love of nature and insects with the home schooling families.
Today's theme was 'Delicious, Nutritious Bugs!'. Though there was no taste-testing, she definitely was touting the environmental benefits of bug-eating!
She began by passing out cups and popsicle sticks to groups.
These sticks would measure our Carbon Footprint.
Two sticks for...
~using a car
~eating meat
~buying packaged foods
~buying new items
One stick for...
~using public transportation
~eating veggie
~buying some packaged
~swapping, trading and thrift store purchases
Remove a stick for...
~walking or biking
~being vegan
~growing your own food
~using what you already have
She then asked families to look at household energy consumption such as solar panels, LED lighting and rain barrel use. It is estimated that we would require 5.5 planet Earths to support the worlds current resource consumption!

Eating Bugs is Sustainable Living!

She then laid out a tablecloth representing Earth and invited the children to stand on it.
As the population grows and resources become more scarce, the tablecloth was folded again and again.
The children were noticing how crowded Earth was becoming!

Then came the bugs!
She had us examine the nutritional content per 100 grams of several protein sources; beef, pork, crickets, meal worms and silk worms. Crickets and meal worms proved to be the most nutritious and environmentally-friendly protein sources!

Cricket Examination

 Hands On! Meal worms (name tags on our backs!)
 Silk Worm Pupae

To end the lesson, we were asked to go on a Scavenger Hunt in the greenhouse. Kirsten had set out several cards with pictures of edible bugs and the countries in which they are eaten. 
Minutes after entering, a butterfly landed on O, which is her dream come true!
She carefully selects her clothing on these days, to be most butterfly-welcoming, so I can imagine she'll be wearing this sweater again next visit!

We returned to the classroom to place our Bug Cards on their country of origin. Kirsten wanted us to note that it's mostly warmer Southern countries that eat bugs as a source of protein.
She did promise that if we return to the Conservatory next week, they will be offering bugs to eat!

 Daddy prepping Red Ant Paste, Cambodia

Ted Ed. Should we be eating bugs?

Next Millenium Farms. Yep! That's right. Bug farms

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