The arguments for eating bugs have been swarming midge-like around our heads for the better part of a decade. Yes, if you bake a mealworm and dust it in mesquite seasoning it’s got the taste of barbecued ribs and the mouthfeel of a Rice Krispie. Yes, the West’s entomophagic hang-ups can be traced back to a low supply of cold-weather bugs and high demand … Read the rest
When Enterprise asked us to help celebrate drives, passions and people through video we didn’t hesitate. Our first film takes us to Big Cricket Farms in Ohio, where they are addressing concerns about feeding the world’s increasing population with sustainable, affordable and highly nutritious insects. The second takes us to Growing Heart Farm in NY, which explores two trending topics—vacations that put you to … Read the rest
Kevin Bachhuber founded Big Cricket Farms in Youngstown, Ohio in 2014 in response to growing water shortages, the rising costs of protein production and a simple love of eating insects inspired by a trip to Thailand. Big Cricket Farms is the first government certified food grade insect farm in this country, producing up to 1,200 pounds of crickets per month. … Read the rest
The sound of chirping fills the basement of a warehouse on the south side of Youngstown. Edwards Street is home to several million crickets, which are bred, harvested and sold through Big Cricket Farms. In the United States, most crickets are fed to pets, but Big Cricket Farms markets exclusively to humans. Yes, Big Cricket expects people to eat … Read the rest
Tourists and locals are buzzing, so to speak, about an item on the menu at the highly regarded Toloache Mexican restaurants in New York City: tacos made with dried grasshoppers brought in from Mexico’s Oaxaca state.
The chapulines are lightly sautéed and served with onions, cilantro, jalapeño, salsa verde and a little bit of guacamole, according to the restaurant’s event … Read the rest
It’s hard to hear anything over the chirping. Cardboard boxes filled with egg cartons and sheets of plastic buzz with thousands of young-adult crickets calling out to one another to mate. The brush of the insects’ legs against the various surfaces sounds like hail on a tin roof. Their feed, which sits on top of the cartons on paper plates, looks like a … Read the rest
Most food companies are concerned with insects as adulterants in the products they produce. But a new wave of food products is intentionally including insects and labeling them as a key ingredient in the food. To expose the industry to this evolving food option, this QA Profile focuses on the breeding and manufacturing of insects as human food, its founding as … Read the rest