Fish and chirps? Crickets make leap in demand as a protein

Fish and chirps? Crickets make leap in demand as a protein

By LISA RATHKE
Associated Press
Jan 13, 10:40 AM EST

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — At Tomorrow’s Harvest farm, you won’t find acres of land on which animals graze, or rows of corn, or bales of hay. Just stacks of boxes in a basement and the summery song of thousands of chirping crickets.

It’s one of a growing number of operations raising crickets for human consumption that these farmers say is … Read the rest

Waiter! There’s a bug on my plate

December 1, 2016

Washington Post

When the North American Edible Insect Coalition had its first meeting, in Detroit in May, many observers speculated that the newly formed group of cricket-chomping enthusiasts was set to swarm Washington. Several news outlets reported that insects, which aren’t explicitly listed on the Food and Drug Administration’s registry of foods recognized as safe, would soon have lobbyists fighting to put them there.… Read the rest

Meet the Cricket Farmers and Bug Bloggers of L.A.’s Edible Insect Industry

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016 AT 6:30 A.M.

As soon as I entered this sprawling suburban home, I was handed a glass of red wine and a sautéed tomato hornworm. “Want one?” urged Kevin Bachhuber, the co-host for tonight’s dinner, with a view of twinkling Simi Valley below. The owner of the country’s first farm to raise crickets exclusively for human consumption, he was visiting from

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Iowa resident starts cricket farm for human consumption

KEVIN HARDY

The Des Moines Register

EYSTONE, Iowa — Like many farmers, Becky Herman bounces from enclosure to enclosure, feeding and watering her livestock.

There are thousands of them, but Herman knows some well enough to assign them human traits. Those two over there are bullies, she says.

And though she’s new at this gig, Herman has already learned not to name her stock, lest she grow

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In an Era of Scarcity, Water is Now a Major Economic Driver

MAR 2, 2016

WYSO

In a world facing growing problems with water scarcity, the Great Lakes region could be poised to draw businesses—big and small—from other parts of the country. But despite the region’s vast quantities of freshwater, water quality can’t always be taken for granted.

One example: Big Crickets Farms, which raises edible crickets for restaurants and specialty foods producers. Owner Kevin Bachhuber … Read the rest

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

Cracked.com

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 … Read the rest

Pittsburgh Culinary School Is Cooking With Crickets

Dave Crawley

WFMY News 2

January 17, 2016

 

Pittsburgh, PA — Chef Shawn Culp and culinary students at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh prepare a four course meal. Common ingredient? Crickets.

“What we have here basically is culinary entomology,” says Culp, the chairman of AIP’s culinary department.

Frozen crickets were shipped here by Big Cricket Farms of Youngstown, Ohio. Founder Kevin Bachhuber says they’re raised in plastic boxes.

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Insect Farming Is Agriculture as Dystopian Future as American Manufacturing

Ben Guarino

January 11, 2016

Inverse

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