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We get a lot of comments about the price of edible insects.
It’s true, edible insects are expensive right now. But, that will change due to the law of supply and demand. Supply is low and demand is growing. Market forces will bring the price down as suppliers gear up for higher demand.
So, prices are high. You’re paying for a new experience and supporting a new industry. As a first adopter and market influencer, your experience is important and your story can help the industry grow.
Edible insects have so much going for them. Yet, unwarranted cultural fears keep many people from the experience.
Experience edible insects and tell your story.
Insects have been consumed since the dawn of human existence. Our biology is very different and insect pathogens are specific to invertebrates and generally do not harm humans.
There are three areas of concern.
1.The risk of pathogens does exist to an extent; especially when insects are eaten raw. This is true with most foods and insects need to be treated with the same care as other food products. It’s always best to cook them.
2. People with shellfish allergies may be allergic to the chitin (the insect’s exoskeleton) since it is very similar to the chitin in crustaceans.
3. Pesticides and herbicides can be a problem with insects that are gathered in the wild and are not grown on a farm for human consumption.
Insects are the largest and most successful group of animals on the planet. It is estimated that they comprise 80% of all animals. Around one out of every four animals is a beetle. So, therefore, the nutritional value of insects varies considerably from insect to insect.
The flavor and texture of each insect vary as well. This is both a new and ancient culinary experience.
Although this is a recent trend in North America and Europe, around 80% of the world eats insects every day and have been since the dawn of human existence.
Our southern neighbor, Mexico, enjoys over 200 different edible insects. Thailand has over 20,000 insect farms and one of Cambodia’s top exports is edible insects. The Mopane Worm is considered a delicacy in Zimbabwe. The Witchety Grub in Australia. It’s obvious that here in the United States and Canada, we’re the ones missing out.
Maybe insects are what’s missing from our North American diets?! Insects are packed full of protein, beneficial fats, vitamins, minerals, and prebiotic fiber. They are animals we eat whole and are more easily digested than livestock muscle tissue.
One of the challenges and also benefits of raising insects is that they are what they eat in a significant way. Feed crickets carrots and they will be high in vitamin A. We can work with and control their diets to obtain an optimal product.