Happy Earth Day! If you're anything like me, you probably want to do a bit more to celebrate than just get outside. Perhaps you want to do something to help the environment.
I've got the perfect suggestion, and it's totally not gross at all.
Earlier this week, I watched a panel discussion about protein and sustainability during the 2016 Food Tank Summit in Washington, DC. It was awesome! Among other things, I learned about cricket protein.
Greg Sewitz, the co-founder of Exo, a startup that is working on a line of cricket protein products (starting with protein bars), discussed how cricket is a complete protein source with 2.2x more iron than spinach. And! For every 100 pounds of feed, crickets yield 60 pounds of edible protein, vs. 30 for chicken and 5 for beef.
Sounds like cricket protein is a solid alternative.
And, as it turns out, the bars don't actually taste like crickets. Nor do they feature any pictures of crickets on the wrappers or containers of their products. The reason is because, although 80% of the world eats insects on a daily basis, Westerners still feel a bit of a ick factor when it comes to eating bugs.
If nothing else, I think Exo bars are worth trying. As far as cost -- they'll run around $2-3 each. Which is pricier than a Cliff bar, but cheaper than about 90% of what you'll find at Whole Foods.
Want to know more about crickets, protein and sustainability? Check out this infographic.
4/27/2017 04:24:58 am
wow." poor, dumb, ignorant, indigenous dark-skinned "people in Oaxaca Mexico have known this for hundreds if not thousands of years
4/30/2017 12:49:50 pm
There is no such thing as "cultural appropriation." There is only culture. And, last I checked, no culture owned all the crickets in the world.
4/30/2017 03:38:13 pm
Cultural appropriation my ass. In many Asian cultures and some European cultures have and still eat crickets. Educate yourself before acting like a dumbass and embarassing yourself. The cultural appropriation argument is in fact the same as when a nationalist says that a white person shouldn't adopt foreign traditions. You people are just fascists with a left wing flair.
4/27/2017 04:29:20 am
oh yes, and instead of spending pennies for a truly natural product, mix it with some sweet goop & mark the price up about 100,000%..then it is good, acceptable & "cool" LOL and call the mass-produced tarted-up stuff with layers of wrapping "all-natural"
4/30/2017 12:48:09 pm
Wait -- you know of a company that's selling cricket protein bars for pennies??? SEND ME THE LINK ASAP!!!!!!!
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