AHS-P3-1. Did You Eat Your Worms?!

Tahner Green1
Faculty Mentor: Kimberly Nehls, Ph.D.1
1Lee Business School, Department of Marketing and International Business

If Americans include insects as part of their diets, global pollution will decrease. Insects use less water to farm, produce 85% less methane than regular barn animals, and are packed with nutrition. As I analyzed the world population, I discovered that 80% of the world already eats bugs as part of their diets. It’s especially popular in underdeveloped countries. Spreading the popularity to America will be difficult, as the most consumed meat is Chicken, Cows, and Pigs. These animals are mass produced and cause a huge impact on the environment. In conclusion, if we work together to bring insects in American meals, we can decrease global warming and create a sustainable environment.


Nov 15 - 19 2021


All Day


AHS: Poster Session 3
The Office of Undergraduate Research


The Office of Undergraduate Research


5 Replies to “AHS-P3-1. Did You Eat Your Worms?!”

  1. This presentation really caught my eyes, and looking into it really surprises me. It makes sense on why people are starting to eat insects in the future 50 years. With the resources getting low, and how all animals like cow, chicken… are starting to run now because of water and sunlight, insects don’t need to have much of the water. Insects are easier to reproduce than others, and it also has more protein that we need for our body. I highly encourage other states and country to promote this idea, and it doesn’t always look as disgusting as it is, there would be more different ways of how they could eat the insects more pleasantly and enjoyable. This may also help with water drought around the world, and somewhat reduces global warming. Your presentation is very informative and straightforward it really made want to try it out!

  2. Hello Tahner,

    Your presentation is really interesting as well as the title caught my attention. I am really surprised that eighty percent of the world eats worms. Eating bugs also became my topic in one of my projects and I also found out that there’s a lot of health benefits. It includes rich in protein, calcium, iron and is low in carbohydrates. It is true that there is so much greenhouse gas when producing meat from animals because of its waste and land fertilization. Your presentation has a lot of interesting information, organized, balanced and dynamic with high impact results. Overall, you use an image to engage the audience’s attention and link to your topic in an interesting and accessible way. The image is something most audience members will be able to relate to, which gives a hook and allows you to demonstrate your key message visually. You did a very good job!

  3. Hello Tahner,

    I enjoyed your presentation. I didn’t realize that 80% of the world eat insects as a normal thing. The part that compares what influenced men versus women in Sweden to start eating insects. I was surprised that the environment had a bigger influence on males compared to females, but it was not surprising that tasty, crunchy, and exciting did the same. Another shocking thing on that same chart women had a better response to eating insects for fun! When you were comparing the different protein sources to greenhouse gas production, energy use, and land use, I honestly thought there would be a larger difference between chicken and mealworms than what was shown. Out of curiosity, I wonder where superworms (extremely similar to mealworms, but much larger) would land on this chart. I am currently conducting an experiment between the ability of mealworms and superworms to consume styrofoam, and with their ability to do so, I wonder if this would actually factor into their impact on the environment. Great presentation!

    Erica Frensley

  4. Hello Tahner!
    I thought the topic that you chose for your poster presentation was really fascinating and interesting. This is something that I have heard about, but I did not know much about. It is a known fact that animal products use up a lot of water and resources. Furthermore, there is also the danger of high greenhouse gas emissions. From your presentation, I learned that eating bugs is not an uncommon practice around the world. I think it is so fascinating that Sweden has already incorporated insect-eating in their country. Considering the fact that Sweden is a modern, developed economy, I do believe that other countries will take note on this practice. I thought that you did a really good job on incorporating tables and graphs in your poster. I am a visual learner, and the graphs and tables that I saw in your poster really helped me deepen my understanding on the statistics and facts. One thing that I think could’ve helped enrich your poster would be including another figure contrasting the health benefits (grams of protein, nutrients, etc.) between insects and meat/poultry so that the audience could see the difference. Overall, I thought you did a really good job with your presentation, and you truly kept me interested the whole time while you were presenting!

  5. Hello, Tahner Green.
    Great job on your poster presentation on why people should start consuming insects! Before this presentation, I was not aware of how much greenhouse gas is used to produce meat from animals like chicken, pork and beef. I was also shocked to see the space that is necessary to care for these animals; hence the higher water consumption. If insects can roughly give the same nutrients as animals, people should definitely consider implementing insects to their diet to help create a sustainable environment and decrease global warming. As the population size continues to grow, we need to think and act selflessly so that everyone (including future generations) can experience the same foods, and a better environment. Thank you for spreading awareness of this issue through your research presentation.

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