Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Cricket Chips Made From Insects Coming Soon

Insects are a nutritious and protein-rich food source. As the Earth's population grows and it becomes harder to feed the world's population, alternate and unusual sources of food may become very important. Although the idea of eating insects may sound disgusting to many people, there are already cultures around the world that enjoy the addition of insects to their diet. Deep fried insects are a popular meal addition for some folks. People interested in a healthy diet might prefer a healthier cooking method than deep frying, though.

Raising cows for meat may not be sustainable for much
longer and also presents ethical problems for some
people; public domain photo by David Bollard
A company called Six Foods is planning to bring out chips (crisps) made of powdered crickets, beans and rice in October of this year. The flour used to produce the chips will contain slow roasted crickets. The chips will be baked, not fried, and will be called "Chirps". The company says that one serving of Chirps will contain 7 grams of protein and half the amount of fat present in traditional chips. The chips will also be rich in calcium and iron.

Six Foods is run by three young Harvard grads. The company says that compared to farming cows, farming crickets for food produces far fewer greenhouse gases, requires much less water and requires much less feed to produce each pound of meat.

Six Foods recently held a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their chip production and exceeded their goals. If all goes according to plan, the chips will be released in three favours - sea salt, hickory barbecue and aged cheddar.

The company also plans to market other foods containing cricket flour, including chocolate chirp cookies. I love foods that contain chocolate, but I imagine that I'll need some time to get used to eating cookies containing crickets. Other people in North America and Europe may have the same problem, but I think that eating insects is an activity that omnivores need to embrace. In the very near future we will likely realize that continuing to raise traditional farm animals for meat is no longer a sustainable activity.