I Farm Crickets, The Future Of Human Food: 7 Insane Truths

If you’re reading this from the civilized world, most of your insect encounters boil down to emotionally scarring spider cameos and annoying flies. But in roughly 80 percent of the countries on Earth, people eat insects. Cracked sat down with one man who has made it his life’s work to get Americans to eat more bugs; Kevin Bachhuber, cricket farmer, told us …

#7. We’re Going To Need To Eat Bugs Eventually

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Kevin first ate bugs in Thailand. “In 1998, as part of comprehensive food security stuff … the King of Thailand put together a pretty robust cricket-growing program.”

Why would Thailand invest in crickets? Because crickets are an incredible source of protein: 100 grams of crickets has 21 grams of protein, compared to beef’s 26 grams. Crickets need one-twelfth the feed of beef, require vastly less water, and don’t need to be pumped full of antibiotics in order to raise en masse. Plus, baby crickets are considerably less cute than baby cows.

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