You know that sound crickets make when you’re at a cottage or camping? Well, they’re not making it anymore, because they’re in these miniature cheesecakes.
That’s right, Next Millennium Farms is starting a revolution in Canada, and it all begins with the little guys.
The practice of eating insects for fuel has a sexier name, and it’s Entomophagy, but why on Earth would you eat bugs?
It turns out that they’re high in protein, they can be ground up into a flour-like consistency and they can be used in many dishes we already love, like caramel-drenched cheesecakes with praline-like crickets on top (you’d swear they were pecans!).
But also at the root of this new way of eating is water–more specifically, its lack of availability in countries of the Near East and North Africa. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing countries of the Near East and North Africa, with fresh water availability in the region expected to drop by 50 per cent by the year 2050.”
What does this have to do with crickets, you’re asking? Turns out the production of beef and other major proteins require 12 times the amount of feed that crickets and mealworms do. And according to Darren Goldin, who is at the helm of Next Millennium Farms, insects consume approximately a tenth of the water needed by chickens, cattle and pigs. Less water and higher rates of production means more water saved and more food availability–which is, you know, just a way to ensure the survival of the human race.
So, it’s an eco-friendly option, it’s available for purchase online, there are recipes for the stuff, and it will help alleviate the world’s water supply issues and combat world hunger. It sounds great, but we’re going to have to get used to the idea of eating things that look like this close up.