Entomophagy For You
Come visit Science North this summer and try some of our new edible bugs!
Here at Science North’s Nature Exchange we have partnered up for summer 2016 with Entomo Farms to help expand the acceptance of eating bugs.
For millions of years reptiles, fish, and birds have survived and thrived by eating insects, so why not humans?
Entomophagy, the official term for eating insects, is more common than you might think. 33% of the world’s population already eat some form of insect protein each day. Bugs are eaten as a regular part of diets in over 113 countries.
By 2050 the world’s population will reach over 9 billion. Meaning we will have to triple our current food production. How will we feed everyone without leaving a huge carbon footprint? Insect protein is easily sustainable with very low cost and high yield.
Start by getting informed, breaking mental barriers and experimenting. Bugs can be eaten as a meal itself or used in powder form in a variety of recipes. Cricket powder, often called cricket flour, can be used as a substitute for regular baking flour.
Just think: your favourite cookie recipe might one day include crickets.
Entomo Farms is a wholesale supplier of cricket flour based out of Ontario, Canada. There, Fortune reports the company is cultivating a total of 90 million crickets.
Entomo Farms’ cricket flour is used in the protein bars made by both Exo and Chapul, and many other kinds of foods around the world, like pasta, pasta sauce, chips, even dog treats! They also produce delicacies like BBQ mealworms and honey-mustard crickets. Find out more about Entomo Farms and other insect protein startups here.