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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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

‘Farm’ bets crickets will be next gourmet escargot

Robert Yosay

Columbus Dispatch

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

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

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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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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