Speakers discuss edible insects and storytelling at the TEDx Cornell Conference

Seven speakers, drawing from the Cornell community and beyond, shared topics ranging from edible insects to storytelling at the April 16 TEDx Cornell conference.

This year’s conference marked the first time the organization had held the event in person since 2020, when the conference was canceled after the university sent students home mid-semester due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference theme, Unmuted, represented the general return to face-to-face events after more than a year of virtual events, meetings and classes.

Nathan Laurenz ’22 gave the conference’s first talk, “Save the World: Eat a Bug,” in which he persuaded the audience to include insects in their diet. Insects are a protein-rich and more sustainable alternative to traditional agricultural products. He explained how incorporating insects into current food systems can help alleviate several of their problems.

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