Yes, it’s true. Lots of serious scientific opinion predicts the rise of the insect as a valuable protein source in the future. Already, New Yorkers are crunching their way through high protein bars made from cricket flour.
In fact, it’s nothing new. Here’s some interesting facts:
- Humans have been eating insects for an exceedingly long time.
- 80% of the world still eats over 1,600 species of insects.
- Insects are exceptionally nutritious, being high in protein and low in saturated fats and sugars.
- Crickets, for example, contain substantially more iron than beef.
- Insects have marginal environmental impact. It is estimated that crickets are 20 times more efficient to raise for protein than cattle.
Not sure if we’ll see Irish farmers taking to cricket farming anytime soon!