I write about a lot of things in my freelance work. Oddly enough, the only time I wrote anything extensive regarding insect protein was when I published my eBook on the subject. That’s not to say it’s a topic that no one wants to explore. I think it’s still a topic that is slightly ahead of its time. As a result I have a few ideas as to why I think insect protein is such an interesting alternative food source.
1 – Its Easy To Produce
I think one of the things I have not forgotten about this alternative protein source is that it is extremely easy to produce. Once you get that hang of a cricket farm – as an example – you can have an ongoing supply of them. All you basically require is the right conditions and the crickets will pretty much take care of all the hard work.
2 – Its A Space Saver
You could have an extremely well producing cricket farm in two large plastic tubs and have them stored in the space of a normal-sized apartment closet. Seriously, the amount of room required to have a producing cricket farm is minor in comparison to any other kind of business start up that requires some square footage to function.
3 – Its A Fun Way To Learn Some Science
Even if you have no plans on consuming the crop of crickets your farm can produce, there is a great deal of knowledge you can pick up. The general anatomy and understanding of the simple and easy dietary requirements of a cricket farm are all great learning tools. It can make an excellent school, camp or family project to work on together.
4 – Its A Food Source
Probably the most amazing thing about a cricket farm is that you are producing an alternative food source. It is not uncommon for crickets to be fed to retiles, because of the quality of nutrients contained in the insect. This is why crickets are fast becoming a food replacement for humans. Again, based on the nutrient value.
5 – Its A Way Of Life In Some Parts of The World Already
Different cultures have different customs. Some of them also eat very differently that what you may consider a regular diet. Insects have been on the menu and plates of many different cultures for centuries. In fact, ancient evidence suggests that insects have been a regular food source for humans for a very, very long time in certain parts of the world.
So, What Do I Really Think About Insect Protein?
I’m not against it. I have actually enjoyed dining on products that contain insect protein in the form of cricket flour. I didn’t find it weird, unusual or icky. In fact, if I didn’t know any better I’d have no idea that crickets were even involved. I think this is where the main hurdle exists. If you did not know that cricket flour was used in a product you consume, you probably wouldn’t even mind as much. At least that’s my take on the subject.
My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.