Darren Goldin and his brothers had been farming crickets for reptile feed when a UN report on the future of food highlighted insect protein as a good way to feed the world’s growing population. Today, the brothers’ business, Entomo Farms, is producing 10 million crickets a week, all for human consumption.
People around the world already eat insects all the time. And there are a lot of benefits. Insect rearing requires less land and water than animal farming and produces fewer greenhouse gases. And crickets are 12 times as efficient at converting feed into meat than cattle. Plus, they’re a good source of protein, fats, and minerals. And they can be ground up into a powder and put in almost anything. You’ll find Entomo Farms crickets in protein powder, cookies, and bars, and you can even eat them whole in flavors like honey mustard and barbecue.
The rest of the world eats insects. And if it’s healthy, more humane, and better for the environment, North America might develop a taste for insects, too.