Human population has ballooned over the past centuries, which makes scarcity of food a serious concern. But are humans ready to munch on crickets in the near future?
Interestingly, non-profit group TerreForm responded to the call for alternative sources of food amid varying concerns threatening the world. After all, crickets are considered a viable and ideal source of protein vital to human diet.
Mandate from UN
According to the group, the initiative is a response to the mandate from the United Nations utilizing crickets as alternative sources of protein. They have created dual-purpose designs ideal for distressed areas in the world where shelter and food are hard to come by.
They called the project the Modular Edible Insect Farm, which functions as a shelter and a working cricket farm. Aside from being ideal in developing countries, the modular designs are also ideal for rich cities as a clean way to grow and collect crickets for high-end purposes, such as cricket flour for fine-dining restaurants.
“It can also serve to be a new topology for a specialty restaurant, eatery, storehouse or similar architectural program. Introducing crickets into the modern American/ European diet is not a simple task, but there is precedent. For example, a few decades ago American’s did not wish to eat raw fish,” the group noted.
Economical, Viable Design
Economically, the design lowers the consumption of water, which is a precious commodity in some African countries. The group noted that raising popular livestock such as cattle and pig requires a large amount of water.
Meanwhile, an article from the National Geographic reported that at least 2 million people all over the world eat crickets every day. Majority of people who eat insects, a practice know as entomophagy, are living in Africa, Asia and South America.
Just like beef and Turkey meat, crickets are a good source of lean protein. Their “meat” contains high levels of protein at 65 percent, while the iron content is the same as beef’s. Experts also believe that crickets contain other vital nutrients and minerals found in other traditional meat source, including calcium and vitamin B12.