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WHY EAT CRICKETS?

THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE NUTRITION

Throughout the ages, insects have been a main protein source in the Paleolithic diets of the earliest hunter-gathers to the modern diets of people all over the world today.  Currently, 80% of the world’s nations regularly eat insects, being a key staple in their diet in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia.

Each year the population increases by around 70 million people. In a 2013 report by the United Nations, it is expected that at this rate of growth, in 2050 the population is expected to be 9.6 billion people.  To be able to meet the nutritional demands of all these people, food production will need to nearly double.  A possible solution, insects!

LAND

Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land

According to the FAO, it requires 200m2 of arable land to produce 1kg of beef, but only 15m2 is needed to produce the same 1kg of cricket protein.  70% of arable land goes to meat production, either directly for pasture land or for growing feed for livestock.  Insect farming on average requires much less land due to many innovations including vertical farming techniques, it  is important that we use the space available on Earth more efficiently.

RESOURCES

Worldwide, at least 50% of grain is fed to livestock

According to the FAO, 10,000gms of feed and 22,000ltr (ltrs) of water are needed to produce just 1kg of beef, but only 1,700gms of feed and less than 1ltr of water is required to produce the same amount of protein from crickets. Insects require less food and water per kg of protein, than more traditional protein sources.

ENVIROMENTAL

Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation

 

In recent years scientists have become very concerned about how the livestock sector is influencing the world’s climate.  As the international leader in efforts to defeat global hunger the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has made it their mission to promote sources of protein that reduce environmental impacts.  Their report on insects as a protein supply points out that animal agriculture is responsible for “18 percent of Greenhouse Gas emissions (CO2 equivalent), a higher share than the transport sector”.  The UN Environment Programme says that by reducing meat production pressure on the environment and on climate-damaging emissions would be eased.

The average greenhouse gases produced from the production of 1kg of beef is 2,850 grams.  Crickets produce only 1 gram of GHG per 1kg of protein. Farming insects is a more efficient and environment friendly.

NUTRITIONAL

In addition to being environmentally friendly and sustainable source of nutrition, crickets are a great source of nutrition.  In general, cricket powder provides a great source of protein, iron, calcium, B12, and more.

Organic

The crickets used in Primal Future Cricket Powder are organic

Gluten Free

The insects are raised on a gluten-free diet.

Non GMO

Our Cricket Powder is made with no genetically modified organisms.

Paelo Friendly

Eating insects is one of the most paleo-friendly ways possible of getting your protein.  Insects were a main source of protein for early man.

High in Protein

Insects are a great source of Protein due to its high content. You are able to produce more insect protein pound for pound with less land, food and water than most other livestock.

Omega Fatty Acids

Cricket Powder contains a perfect ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 with a ratio of 3:1. It is important to have a balanced ratio.

High in Fibre

Fibre has a number of benefits such as helping with digestion, lowers blood sugar, reduces cholesterol and may even prevent colon cancer. Fibre also helps you feel more full, for longer reducing your need to snack.

Low Fat

Insects have very little fat making them a great source of lean protein.

High in Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 plays a key role in the formation of red blood cells as well as maintaining normal functioning of the brain and nervous system.

Amino Acids

Cricket powder is a complete protein which means is contains all 9 essential amino acids, acids the body cannot manufacture itself so is needed from external sources.

High in Iron

Cricket powder is high in Iron which plays in important part in transporting oxygen throughout the body. A lack of iron can cause a deficiency which leads to anemia, this affects one in 10 teen girls and women.

High in Calcium

Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for building and maintaining bones and teeth. The other role calcium plays in your body is helping with blood clotting, muscle contraction and nerve function.

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