When you’re on the frontier of food — a land full of experimentation — sometimes you have to sleep with the lights on.
Jakub Dzamba, a Ph.D. candidate at McGill’s architecture school, was experimenting with farming crickets in his Montreal apartment about a year and a half ago. He’d glued together plastic bottles into a contraption capable of storing the insects.
One day Dzamba and his wife returned from a weekend trip to find a heat lamp had melted a hole in the mechanism. Crickets were everywhere.
“I ran in there, I didn’t have anything else, so I just took my shoe and killed as many of them as I could,” Dzamba recalled. “My wife almost beat the crap out of me.”
She wanted to spend the night at a hotel, but he convinced her to stay. For a few days the couple slept with the lights on in the 230 square foot apartment.