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If Third Millennium Farming has its way, Americans will soon be noshing on crickets and cricket-based food as a regular part of their diets, as a viable protein alternative to meat. Founder Jakub Dzamba has been frightening his wife for the past few months, developing an at-home cricket farm for the commercial market. But the McGill University Ph.D. student feels that raising crickets could be the sustainable farming answer for nourishing our growing population.
Eating insects has been coming up a lot in the news lately, but despite all the chatter, Americans are still resistant to chomping on a cricket. But as Third Millennium points out, they are incredibly nutritious, cause little environmental harm, and are sustainable. With these perks in mind, Dzamba has begun designing cricket farms for human consumption, in varying sizes ranging from large scale to desktop.
Dzamba foresees a future of sustainable urban cricket farming. With his designs, a farm can easily be set up in an office building or even at home. Each of his prototypes have been refined to safely contain the crickets inside, without the fear of any escaping. The crickets lay their eggs, then they are lulled to sleep by lowering the temperature, and eventually frozen until meal time. Dzamba has even made a small version that fits on a desktop and can produce enough protein for one person. Although many are still skeptical, Dzamba has found success with his events and demonstrations, like at the recent Future Food Salon in New York.
Via Fast Company
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