By now, many of you have already heard that our dependence on livestock as a source of meat and dairy has made our industrialized agriculture practices one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, there are plenty of protein rich and nutritious alternatives that you can start incorporating into your diet so that you can reduce your carbon footprint and join us in making moves towards a more sustainable planet. Unfortunately, one of these alternatives, and the base of this business, is something the western society has turned into a taboo despite the fact that millions of other humans across many cultures have already been eating insects their whole lives. In fact, humans have been eating insects since their onset. Romans, Greeks such as the famous Aristotle, and even the Bible are quoted for their references to Crickets.
Insects, specifically crickets, are nearly 20 times more efficient than beef in terms of conversion to human consumption in addition to being high in nutrients such as B-12 vitamin, a vitamin 40% of Americans are deficient in and can mainly get from animals, insects, or for vegans, supplements.
Ecological footprint: Livestock > Crickets.
a. Crickets emit a tremendous amount of fewer greenhouse gases than livestock while also requiring 90% less water than beef to get the same amount of protein.
b. Unlike the raising of livestock that requires acres of land and feed, the harvesting of crickets can depend on just organic waste, i.e. manure, and compost such as your veggie and fruit scraps