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Crickets are delicious?!

Crickets are delicious?!

According to David George Gordon, the author of Eat-a-Bug cookbook, insects are a high source of protein, low in fat, and are extremely rich in a number of vitamins and minerals. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids. A high iron source comes from the termite.  In recent years a movement towards accepting bugs as food has become more favorable. Many new companies are roasting crickets to turn into a protein powder for smoothies. While this is a good start, more information needs to get out there.

Statistics show that 80% of the world’s populations eat insects and their kin. Mr. Gordon believes that Americans need to change their attitudes and be educated about environmental impacts. Raising cattle vs mealworms, grasshopper or crickets for instance. He believes with the growing human population it only makes sense to raise insects instead of cattle. This would reduce the greenhouse gas emission greatly. Mealworms don’t even need water. We can produce 1 pound of meat by feeding crickets 2 pounds of food vs the approximate 16 pounds of grain and 1000’s of gallons of water it takes to one cow to produce 1 pound of meat. Those numbers alone should tell us things need to change. For more information on ingesting mealworms, crickets and grasshoppers click here