UN, Food Police: Eat Bugs To Save The Planet

Ready to switch to ‘cricket flour’?

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is promoting the environmental benefits of eating bugs.

| Bread and Butter and … Bugs?

By Kendrick Foster | March 8, 2019

Harvard Political Review – Right after celebrating the start of 2019, my family gathers around the dinner table to sample a surprising foodstuff: cricket chips. My mom reluctantly takes one. My dad takes one, then a few more.

He proclaims them worse than tortilla chips but still worth eating. My brother refuses my offer and trumpets his disgust at the mere idea.

Meanwhile, I chomp away at the remaining chips, having looked forward to this admittedly unusual snack for a while.

Cricket chips, disgusting or not, are one of the many insect products that have recently begun to feature on grocery shelves and restaurant tables.

As the industry grows, consumers are sampling a range of bugs, from grasshopper tacos to cricket protein bars. The BBC listed insects as one of their top 10 food trends of 2017, and recent coverage in prominent newspapers indicates that this popularity is going nowhere.

But while innovative bug foodstuffs are certainly showing up in restaurants and stores alike, several cultural barriers continue to impede the widespread adoption of bugs in American cuisine.

Nonetheless, savvy marketing techniques may be able to overcome some of these barriers.

Insects Don’t Bug Them

Although Native Americans across the United States have long incorporated insects into their diets, entomophagy — the practice of eating insects — remained a “cultist hobby” until 2013, when a report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization promoting entomophagy’s environmental benefits sparked greater interest in the subject.

Since then, its popularity has grown as shows like Bizarre Foods and celebrity chefs have put bugs in the spotlight. Read more. 

Cricket Flour: A Healthier High Protein Flour

Katie Wells, February 21, 2019

Wellnessmama.com – You may be creeped out by the thought of eating insects, but cricket flour is actually the new health food that can be conveniently hidden in delicious cupcakes.

Cricket flour is quickly gaining popularity as a healthy protein source without the environmental, economic, and health concerns that come with meats …

What Is a Cricket?

A cricket is a grasshopper-like insect that is also known for its nighttime chirping.

The house cricket, or Acheta domestica, has its root in southeast Asia but has spread worldwide and made its home in North America. It is farmed in Thailand for human consumption because it has superior taste to other insect species.

Cricket Flour: The Eco-Friendly Protein Source

In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, compared to beef, crickets emit (source):

  • virtually no methane gas
  • 1% of carbon dioxide
  • a third of ammonia per kg of body weight per day. Read more.