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Who Is DWT????


Are you interested in the evolution, culture and ecology of diseases that cats, bats, rats and chickens share with people? Click here. Of Foodborne infections? Click here. Of Excrement? Here it is. And now,  an exploration into our conflicted relationship with insects.

Award winning author and veterinary epidemiologist David Waltner-Toews has published seven collections of Poetry, one of which includes recipes, a collection of short stories, a murder mystery, six books of Popular Science, and several texts and manuals on Ecosystem Approaches to Health.

From meditations on The Origin of Feces to elegant terzanelles on the meaning of life, from human diseases we get from other animals, to what food, sex and Salmonella share with each other, DWT celebrates the whole complex mess of life.

As “Tante Tina”, he has also been known to don a dress and kerchief and to pontificate on the trials of being a Mennonite farm woman in a men’s world gone mad.

A University Professor Emeritus at University of Guelph, he was founding president of Veterinarians without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans Frontières – Canada and of the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health , and a founding member of  Communities of Practice for Ecosystem Approaches to Health in Canada . He is the recipient of the inaugural award for contributions to ecosystem approaches to health from The International Association for Ecology and Health.

Eat the Beetles! Winner IPPY Gold

“A thorough, thoughtful, skeptical look at insects as a source of sustainable protein…At times humorous, at times philosophical, Waltner-Toews undertakes a thorough dissection of the topic, exploring insects as food across cultures, reviewing legal and ethical concerns, addressing cultural and other barriers and more. ” Matthew L. Miller, director of science communications for The Nature Conservancy

“With incisive wit and impeccable research, Waltner-Toews takes the reader through the economic, anthropological, environmental, moral, psychological, cultural, and spiritual complexities of what it would mean for insects to become part of the Western diet. Simple? No. Compelling? Absolutely.” Jeffrey Lockwood, Author, The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects.

Origin of Feces Winner IPPY Silver

“One of the top-ten “Must-Read Think Books for Spring 2013” –

“One of the top-ten Best Summer Reading 2013″ – Publishers Weekly

“One of five books no guy should be seen to be reading in public” – Huffington Post

“One of five nonfiction books you should read this summer – Globe and Mail (video review)

Fear of Landing. PW Starred Review! One of top 10 Mysteries, 2008.

David Waltner-Toews is a genuine polymath. He’s a published poet, author of books on subjects as diverse as Mennonite history and exotic animal-to-human diseases. He’s a professor of population medicine at the University of Guelph, an epidemiologist, a founder of Veterinarians Without Borders and the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health. In his free time, he’s written his first mystery novel, and it’s terrific. – Globe and Mail