Crickets are the first insect to now be farmed for human consumption in the United States. I’ll admit the thought of snacking on cricket flour-based chips is not exactly appetizing. But the process of farming insects over more traditional livestock seems to be less wasteful. Insect farming is a more efficient way of producing dietary protein as it takes much less feed and water to raise insects as compared to cattle. In addition, greenhouse gas emissions from crickets are much lower than with cattle.
Concern over insect farming for human consumption, besides the obvious “yuck” factor, stems from lack of knowledge surrounding potential parasite and pathogen infections in these insects especially since insect farming for human consumption is not currently regulated and insects are often fed food that would not be considered suitable for humans.
Would you try a cricket chip?