Although some of us may regard Entomophagy (the human consumption of insects as food) as a bit weird, it’s a relatively common practice in many parts of the world.
In fact, the human race has been eating insects since the human race discovered eating (and, let’s face it, catching crickets and spiders is a lot easier than catching wild deer, or even a wild chickens). Ancient Romans considered insects a great delicacy – as did many younger Romans. And, the Bible positively promotes the consumption of flying insects with long back legs that hop (Lev 11:21)! However, when our ancestors started domesticating wild animals and raising them for food, eating insects – in the Western world at least – gradually lost its appeal.
In recent years, with the growth of interest in so-called superfoods, people have re-discovered many local fruits and vegetables (acai, kale, chia, purple carrot and quinoa) and have realised just how beneficial they are. The same goes for insects. Studies have shown that, in terms of nutritional value and protein content, insects actually outperform most of our longstanding traditional sources of protein (i.e. beef, pork, chicken and fish).
Today, the population of the world is close to 7.5 billion, and is predicted to reach 10 billion by 2050. Overfishing, deforestation, climate change and pollution have dramatically affected our food supply and sources. As the population grows, one thing is certain: the demand for protein will increase significantly.
It is therefore imperative that we find a more sustainable source of food that: does not harm the planet (e.g. doesn’t create excessive amounts of methane gas, doesn’t take up a lot of space and doesn’t consume enormous amounts of water), has a high feed conversion ratio, is easy to raise, tastes delicious and meets our nutritional needs.
Insects and worms tick all these boxes. The footprint for farming insects is much smaller than for farming conventional livestock – with far less demand on feed and water.
Have a look below on the amount of water and feed needed to produce per kg of livestock.
That’s 20,000L of water per 1kg of beef! And beef needed around 10kg of feed just to gain 1kg, talk about inefficiency. Globally, around 40% of grains produced are used to feed our livestock, although in richer countries in can go as high as 70%.
All those feed and grains obviously need to be grown somewhere, which means it also takes alot of land. Insects and worms on the other hand, requires very little space, they’re generally grown in boxes/containers which you can stack on top of another, the sky is literally the limit.
At Bugsy Bros, we want to promote the wider acceptance of insects as a sustainable food source with the potential to answer the nutritional needs of the entire planet.
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