Put your thinking caps on, and strap yourself in!
Crickets are an environmentally sustainable food source. They’re packed with nutrients and they’re delicious. They contain more nutrients while requiring less land, water, feed and energy to produce than other conventional sources of protein.
I know what you're thinking: "Tell me more!" So, let's get into the details.
Crickets are packed with nutrients! They’re a good source of protein, calcium, fibre, omega 3 and 6, and other vitamins and minerals. Our small cricket pals are a sustainable source of high quality protein thanks to their balanced composition of amino acids. Consisting of 60-70% protein, crickets outrank beef (26%), chicken (21%) and eggs (12%) in terms of protein composition. In addition to protein, they contain prebiotic fibre, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids (with a balanced ratio of omega 6:3 of 3:1), and are high in vitamin B12.
Did you hear that, vegetarians? They're a great source of B12, which is mostly found in animal products. Now you can get your fill from a food source instead of taking supplements to compensate. We're not here to try to convince anyone, but it's here for you as an option.
For folks who have never tried crickets, you may be pleasantly surprised at the nutty and popcorn-y taste they deliver. The mild flavour of crickets makes it easy to combine and mix them with other ingredients, especially in baked goods and smoothies.
Curious how to incorporate crickets into your daily diet? Crickets are a versatile ingredient when ground into a fine powder. Cricket powder can serve as a simple, healthy addition to your smoothies, baked goods (bread, cookies, scones), dishes (fried rice, soups, stews, pasta and bolognese), and snacks (tacos, guacamole). A sprinkle of cricket powder knows no limits when it comes to culinary creativity!
Adding crickets to your diet not only adds a new flavor to your life, and increases the nutrients that you’re getting on a daily basis, but also contributes to reducing your environmental footprint. Crickets have a small environmental footprint as they emit much less greenhouse gases, require little water, and less feed than other animal protein sources. Substituting part of your diet of meat with crickets will help reduce the impact that you have on the environment.
Livestock is responsible for a large chunk of greenhouse gas emissions globally, cattle being the largest culprit. By comparison, crickets emit very little in the way of greenhouse gases. By weight, cattle produce about 100 times more greenhouse gas emissions than crickets.
Crickets need little feed to grow and thrive, yet their feed conversion rate is remarkable. Crickets are 2 times more efficient in converting feed to meat than chicken, 4 times more efficient than pigs, and 12 times more efficient than cattle. Only 1.7kg of feed is needed to produce 1kg of crickets, compared to the 20.4kg of feed needed to produce 1kg of beef.
*compared to beef for the same amount of protein
While the livestock industry requires a massive amount of land and water to produce and emits a significant amount of greenhouse gas, crickets are the opposite!
By comparing the benefits of raising and consuming crickets with other livestock, it is evident that crickets are an excellent sustainable food alternative for both our health and the environment.
Eat crickets, and get that hop in your step!