Can Cinnamon-Infused Crickets Save the Rust Belt?

Just after 8 on a cloudy October morning, Cody Schultz is off to work, slicing through America’s definitive post-industrial squalor, a two-mile drive that weaves past a sad museum of abandoned homes and steel factories sprouting weedy windows and the broken doors of a lost past.

“Take a right instead of a left and you find yourself in some pretty

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Youngstown farm hops into growing cricket food market

HOW TO RAISE YOUR OWN EDIBLE CRICKETS

By Alexandra Ossola

Posted August 16, 2014

Popular Science

In April, Big Cricket Farms became the first U.S. company to raise insects for human consumption. It’s no surprise crickets are leaping onto our plates—they require less space and fewer resources than cows or chickens, and they’re packed with protein and other nutrients. But farmed crickets and premade cricket foods can be expensive. Why not breed your own crunchy critters instead? … Read the rest

Edible insects fly into spotlight: International conference to promote bugs as a sustainable, healthy delicacy

Graeme Hamilton
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

National Post

Crickets are referred to as a gateway bug, one insect-eater says. “They’re very easy to eat. Their flavour profile is a little like cashews.” Fotolia

MONTREAL — Insects generally prompt Canadians to reach for the fly swatter or bug spray, but at an international meeting this month in Montreal, academics and entrepreneurs will argue we should be licking our chops instead

Inspired

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First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown

Friday, July 18, 2014

Story by ANNE GLAUSSER

WKSU

When you are hungry, do you reach for potato chips or peanuts? What about a handful of crickets? One daring entrepreneur in Youngstown is bucking the “yuck” factor and opening the first U.S. farm to grow insects exclusively for human consumption.

An old rundown warehouse in Youngstown is the perfect place, says Kevin Bachhuber, to grow crickets.

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Could insects be a part of your local diet?

By Kelsey Lee and Kiran Gill

July 8th, 2014

Bold Magazine

 

Take a couple of grad students, toss in some crunchy insects, a dash of social media and a whole lot of intrigue and you’ve got yourself a culturally curious concoction waiting to start an interesting dialogue… in western cultures that is. In certain parts of the world, for instance Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, farming insects for human consumption … Read the rest

Small, Noisy, Crawly and Delicious Crickets

The Business Journal

 

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Kevin Bachhuber unzips the vinyl panel of a large square tent and peels back the insulated fabric that reveals a Mylar-laced chamber. Inside are some really noisy inhabitants.

These inhabitants are in plastic storage bins – the same ones you buy at any discount store – whose lids have been partially cut open and screened. As

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