Climate Quest winner has CALS connections

Rachel Bergmans, left, and Valerie Stull make a nutritious shake using roasted and ground mealworms. The two are researching the use of such mealworms as an inexpensive microlivestock that can provide an easy source of protein. Photo by Jeff Miller.

Last week, the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability announced the winner of the first annual Climate Quest competition. The top prize went to a team known as MIGHTi, composed of UW–Madison graduate students Rachel Bergmans and Valerie Stull. The duo will receive support to research and pilot mealworm microlivestock farming as an inexpensive and environmentally sustainable food production system.

While officially a graduate student with the Nelson Institute, team member Stull also has some connections to CALS. Community and Environmental Sociology professor Michael Bell co-advises Stull (along with Johnathan Patz). In addition, this mealworm farming idea received financial support in the form of a mini-grant from the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems in summer 2014.