Our little friend the humble cricket doesn’t just provide more protein in comparison to traditional meat sourced protein, but it does so using so much less space. Our graph shows how much square metres of cultivated land is required to produce 1Kg of each food type.
Ok, so they probably do get just as thirsty as we do, but everything is a little bit smaller in a cricket’s world and that goes for the amount of water they need to produce all that protein. In fact, to produce 1KG of protein, crickets will only need 1 Litre of water.
So, as well as needing less space and less water than most other livestock. Our friend the cricket requires only 1,700 grams of feed to give us back 1Kg of protein rich food. (Our cricket feed is made of Finnish oats, wheat, barley, rapeseed, pea and horsebean).
Insects also produce much less greenhouse gases in their production. Producing only 1g of greenhouse gasses for every 1Kg of protein, these little planet savers are showing cows, pigs and chickens how it should be done.
We know they eat and drink less, but they also create less waste than beef, chicken and pork. You can eat up to 80% of a crickets body mass once processed for consumption.
Ok, so we know it’s a big step, but insects will reward you for choosing them. In comparison to beef, crickets provide more protein per 100g and when we dry it, it is more than 250% more protein that in beef. That’s some jump (sorry about the pun).
Insects offer so much more than just protein, they are rich in so many nutrients, this includes being rich in vitamin B12, providing 7µg of B12 in every 100g. This is 500% more than in beef, chicken or pork. The mini can seriously be the mighty.
So, it’s always easier to do something once you’ve seen someone else do it. Well in choosing to eat insects, you’ll be joining 2 billion people of the planet who already include insects in their daily diet.
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