Alison Kingston-Smith

Professor Alison Kingston-Smith BSc (Newcastle University) PhD (Imperial College, London) is a research scientist and Director of Research at IBERS, Aberystwyth University. She is a biochemist with a background in plant, animal and microbial systems related to agriculture and food production. While the main focus of her work has been on how we can alter plants to improve nutritional benefit to livestock and reduce emissions, she has recently developed an interest in how edible insects could fit into our food production systems.

From Covid to the cost of living crisis we are all acutely aware of how easily our food supplies can be disrupted. Sustainable food systems will need to embrace new products as well as production methods. Insects are commonly eaten across the world, but less so in Europe. In her talk she will discuss how and why edible insects could creep into our future diets.

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