Bugs are Sustainable & Nutritious
2.8 BILLION people in the world are already eating bugs. Caterpillars, beetles, larva, ants, crickets, grasshoppers and some 1,900 other edible bug species are on the daily menu for millions of families. Many people and companies are working hard to transform bugs from "creepy" crawlers into more familiar forms for western pallets. Not long ago, lobster was known as a "cockroach of the sea" and is now one of the most sought after delicacies in many parts of the country. If lobster can crawl out of people's nightmares and onto their plates, bugs can too!
Nutritional information on insects is varied depending on species, processing, and source. USDA information has not yet been released, though all research published currently by private firms indicate that insects are:
HIGHER in protein
LOWER in fat & calories
HIGHER in vitamins & minerals
PER GRAM than beef, poultry, or pork
Bugs are an incredibly versatile ingredient, meaning they can be adapted to sweet or savory dishes.
Animals Can Benefit from Bugs too
Bugs can also be used as a nutritious and environmentally friendly feed for livestock as well as for pets. Companies making bug-based treats for domestic animals are popping up across the country.