The Gateway Bug (82min) 2017, a Kickstarter-backed film by first-time indie filmmakers Johanna B. Kelly and Cameron Marshad, makes its Southeast Debut during the Nashville Film Festival April 26, 8:00 pm and April 27, 3:00pm at the Regal Hollywood 27 in Berry Hill. The much-anticipated documentary, starring celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods) and industry leaders, explores the rising edible insect industry in America as response to decades of unsustainable agricultural practices amid a rising global population with an ever-increasing demand for food.
Along with Zimmern ‘The Gateway Bug’ features industry insiders and Washington leaders including Pat Crowley, whose first-to-market Chapul Energy Bar was backed on Shark Tank by Mark Cuban, Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of NIFA at the USDA, and founders of burgeoning, venture-backed product companies such as Chirps Chips (also backed on Shark Tank by Mark Cuban) and eXo Protein (recently invested in by rapper Nas).
By 2050 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN warns current global food production needs to double. Given the industrialized agriculture sector already consumes 92% of all freshwater around the world and animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions (5% more than global transport combined), change is inevitable and urgent.
Entomophagy, the technical term for eating insects, is currently practiced by 80% of countries on Earth and offers countless advantages over traditional protein sources like beef.