Unreasonable Impact: Crickets Could Solve Global Protein Scarcity: Q&A with Bitty Foods

by Brittany Lane
Apr 11, 2017 8:05 AM ET
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One in nine people still go to bed hungry every night. Because of rapid population growth, the demand for livestock is expected to more than double by 2050, making it increasingly difficult to supply enough protein to nourish everyone. This pressure on the planet also amplifies greenhouse gas emissions and water scarcity. We have no choice but to discover alternative ways to feed people.

What most people in western markets fail to realize is that insects have been a staple in many diets for thousands of years. Two billion people eat insects regularly today, including crickets, which require six times less feed than cattle and consume only one gallon of water compared to 2,500 gallons for a single cow. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, edible insects may be the protein source that provides the food security we need to survive.

Bitty Foods makes tasty foods, like cookies and chips, with cricket flour. Cricket flour is a sustainable source of nutrition, packed with protein, healthy fats and micronutrients. Their goal? Make crickets part of the mainstream global diet.

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