End of cheap food is over – is cricket flour one of the answers
The CEO of Tesco recently admitted in an interview that food price rises were inevitable due to the rising global demand for food. “There was a time when we could go to South Africa to buy fruit and be the only retailer there. Not any more,” he said.
The demand for global food supplies, the driving down of costs from suppliers and the lack of long term contracts forces suppliers to be more ‘innovative’ in meeting their supply of ‘protein’. This has resulted in more cheaper forms of protein being mixed in with the expensive ‘beef’ protein.
But it’s not just costs of feedstock, cost of fuel and costs of keeping animals that will drive the price of ‘protein’ up – the environmental impact of beef and lamb is huge. As we get closer and closer to recognising the need for drastic action the more we will find low impact alternatives to our vital needs – probably to pay for our non-vital consumption!
As a fan of ‘doomsday preppers’ on the discover channel I have learnt all sorts of weird, humorous and challenging ways to survive a doomsday event. One of those things is finding alternate sources of protein and the favourite preppers option – bugs. Apparently little critters are easy to farm, low cost, and low environmental footprint.
But…. the acceptance of bug eating in most ‘western’ countries is pretty low.
The alternative? Farm crickets, ground them up into flour and add it to normal cooking. Awesome.
In fact cricket flour has more protein per 100 grams than dried beef, sirloin steak, and chicken breast. It has nearly has much calcium as milk, according to Exo, and more iron than beef.
Exo, from the US, is taking advantage of nutritionally obsessed punters and producing ‘protein bars’, like the ones you normally see in cafes, convenience stores and the like.
Another kickstarter start up. They are mixing 20% cricket flour into the protein bars, the equivalent of 25 crickets in one bar.
According to Co-Exist “The other big challenge will be creating a big cricket supply chain, assuming Exo takes off. At the moment, the company is working with cricket farmers in the U.S. who normally breed the insects as reptile feed and fishing bait. In the future, Exo might launch its own cricket farms. “You can feed crickets basically anything–agricultural byproducts like broccoli stalks and corn husks,” says Lewis.”
I would definitely try one, would you?