Why Eat Insects?

Benefits

  • Harvesting crickets uses 95% less water than beef and 90% less water than poultry
  • Harvesting crickets 750x more land-efficient than beef
  • Crickets contain more than 3x protein as beef
  • Crickets create 80x less methane, equivalent to 2,400x less C02
  • Crickets provide more iron, vitamin, B12 and magnesium than beef
  • Cricket contain prebiotic fibre to support good bacteria in healthy digestive system
  • Cricket excellent source of calcium, zinc and omega fatty acids
  • Protein derived from crickets contains all essential amino acids
  • Crickets are organic and non-exposed to hormones, GMO or anti-biotics
  • Lower pathogen risk to humans - biologically insects are more separated from humans than vertebrate livestock, risk of insect viral pathogen or parasite jumping to humans is exceedingly low
  • 10x less feed, 100x less greenhouse gases, 100x less time, 200x less land, 2500x less water, 2x more protein
  • Cricket powder is almost 70% pure protein, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and almost 20x more B12 than beef. Grams of protein per 100g compared to other protein sources: cricket (70g), cod (63g), clams and other molluses (48g), lean beef (36g), lamb (36g), chicken breast (33g), pork tenderloin (32g).
  • E.g. if a family of 4 ate 1 meal a week using insect protein, it will save 650,000 litres of water
  • More efficient, require less input
  • Insect feed – 2kg feed = 1 kg insect meat / Cattle meat – 8kg feed = 1 kg beef
  • More efficient, less land required
  • amount of land needed to produce 1kg of protein: milk (up to 35 sq ft), chicken (up to 31 sq ft), pork (up to 38 sq ft), beef (up to 152 sq ft), mealworms (up to 11sq ft)
  • More efficient, less water required
  • Only 3% of all water on earth is freshwater and only 1% is accessible to the people, plants and animals. As population booms, our water needs increases and water shortages is becoming a reality – saving water is necessary for a sustainable future. 70% of all freshwater used for agriculture
  • 1kg of: corn (1,220 litres), chicken (4,330 litres), beef (15,400 litres), cricket (8.5 litres)
  • Conversion factor
  • 10kg of feed = 1kg beef, 3kg pork, 5kg chicken, 9kg locust
  • Amount of feed needed to produce 1kg: chicken (2.5kg), pork (5kg), beef (10kg), crickets (1.7kg)
  • Less waste, % of animal edible: chicken (55%), pork (55%), beef (40%), crickets (80%)
  • More sustainable
  • Improve food security
  • Guaranteed nutrition source
  • Provide employment and income for rural Malaysia
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Less manure, ammonia, greenhouse gases
  • 70% of agricultural land to produce livestock, potential for growth limited
  • Less deforestation
  • Potential to be organic
  • Preserve animal rights and dignity
  • Nutritious
  • Mealworms (larval form of particular species of darkling beetle that lives in temperate regions) provide protein, vitamins and minerals on par with meat and fish
  • Small grasshoppers similar to lean beef in protein content, with less fat per gram
  • Cricket powder complete protein pack. Contain all 9 essential amino acids, high in B12, fibre, iron, omega 3 and 6, many other micronutrients. Almost 70% protein, has more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and 20x more B12 than beef.
  • 100g of crickets contain same protein as meat, but fewer calories and less fat.
  • 200 calories of crickets vs. beef: 8g fat vs. 11g fat, 7g fibre vs. 0g fibre
  • More calcium than milk per 100g (171mg vs. 125mg)
  • More iron than spinach per 100g (8.7mg vs. 2.66mg)
  • More fibre than green beans per 100g (4.41g vs. 3.4g)
  • Beneficial for immune system
  • Crickets include a protein called ‘chitlin’ which promotes the growth of healthy stomach bacteria
  • Long shelf life
  • Easy to transport and keep
  • Substitute for whey protein because whey protein not suitable for people who are lactose intolerant. Milk is made of 2 proteins, casein and whey. Insect powder can be a direct substitute for people who are allergic to milk.

 

    Uses

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    Consumer

    Snacks – Add to shake for more protein – Add as condiments to smoothies, salads – mix into flour for baking


    Industrial

    Livestock feed for poultry and aquaculture – frass as organic fertiliser for home and industrial use – insect oil


    Manufacturing

    Protein bar – protein shake – protein chips – baking mixes – cricket pasta – insect burger – candies