Crickets as Food
Great for humanity and the planet
Cricket protein is a clean, paleo food source—and the food of the future. Crickets boast unrivalled nutrition and use a fraction of the resources other forms of protein require during farming. This makes cricket protein the strongest sustainable super-food of our generation.
Here is why this matters:
According to the UN, by 2050 the earth will need to produce about 70% more protein than we do today. The global population will have grown past 9 billion, and as middle classes emerge in developing countries, the demand for protein will be higher than ever.
The planet simply cannot meet these needs with the types of protein people eat today. Animal farming already takes up 30% of the world’s surface to accommodate millions of livestock and to farm their feed. Livestock farming also accounts for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions and 30% of global fresh water use. Animal farming is already mankind’s most destructive activity, and scaling this industry up by 70% over the next 35 years would be a planet-wide disaster.
What makes crickets so nutritious?
Crickets are perhaps the cleanest, most nutrient-dense source of protein on the planet. Rich in protein, yet low in calories and carbs, crickets are filled with amazing nutritional qualities. You will be surprised to know crickets:
• Have more iron than spinach
• Have more calcium than milk
• Have more omega–3 than salmon
• Are high in prebiotic fibre
• Have all 9 amino acids
• Are an excellent source of B12
None of our traditional forms of protein — beef, chicken, pork, or eggs —come close. Here is a great chart made up by our partner Entomo Farms, comparing cricket protein to steak and broccoli!
What makes crickets so sustainable?
First, cricket farming takes a lot less space than traditional forms of agriculture—about 15 times less. Also, since crickets are farmed indoors, they lend themselves well to urban farming, which reduces transportation from farms to cities.
Second, cricket farming requires very little water. A pound of beef takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce, while a pound of crickets takes just ONE gallon. This is a very big deal for our planet.
Third, crickets and cricket farms emit a fraction of the greenhouse gases that other animal farming produces. This is, again, is crucial for ecological sustainability.
Finally, crickets are sustainable because nothing goes to waste. Even cricket droppings make an excellent fertilizer, as it adds all its superior nutrients back into the earth.
So get your cricket on
Adding crickets to your diet is fun and easy. Join other progressive thinkers and eaters in health, nutrition, and sustainability. Send a powerful message! Crickets are intrinsic to the future of food, and the future needs to start now. Besides, they’re delicious!