Insect agriculture is considerably less strain on the environment than traditional livestock agriculture.

They require less food, less water, less space, and they can reproduce at incredible speed.

Is the amount of land needed really that much more for traditional livestock?

Yes.

A smarter way to use land

Insects need fewer inputs like food and water, and they also produce fewer waste products.

Insects produce considerably fewer greenhouse gases than traditional livestock farming.

For example, per one 1 kilo of edible protein:

Chickens produce: 300 grams
Pork produces: 1,130 grams
Beef produces: 2,850 grams

Crickets produce: 1 gram

That’s quite the difference.

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So you can grow bugs faster and with fewer resources than traditional livestock, but is anyone actually eating them?

Actually, yes, a lot of people. Billions, in fact.

Are they really that good for you?

Oh my, yes. Not only are insects more edible than a cow in terms of how much of the animal is actually digestible by humans, but they also have comparable protein content with considerably higher amounts of calcium, iron, and fiber than beef, pork, or chicken.

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