03 Oct '11, 11am

Food Studies: Zombie worms and the ethics of consumption

Food Studies: Zombie worms and the ethics of consumption

Food Studies features the voices of 11 volunteer student bloggers from a variety of different food- and agriculture-related programs at universities around the world. You can explore the full series here . Photo: Josh Evans To the right is a tomato hornworm -- a common pest of tomato plants throughout much of North America. While gardeners and farmers will comb their rows, picking them off stems and leaves, sometimes a more efficient predator gets to them first. The brachonid wasp found this particular specimen ripe for the taking. The wasp lays its eggs inside the hornworm, and when the larvae hatch, they eat their way out while the worm is still alive, form cocoons on its surface, and use it as a stable vehicle while they mature into adult wasps. I have been working with the Yale Sustainable Food Project for over two years now, mostly planning events and working on the c...

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