Environment

These Companies Are Serving up Insects

April 4th 2016

By:
Alex Mierjeski

We can pretty much agree that eating meat is, increasingly, a bad thing to do.

If you're not irked by the morals of industrial meat production, the environmental impact should have you at least second guessing that next hunk of flesh.

Man cutting meat on a table.

There are promising efforts, like kill-free meat products, to change existing systems to ease the detrimental effects of meat production without forcing Americans to step outside their gustatory comfort zones.

But at least in terms of nutrition and environmental impact, there could be an easier option: insects.

crickets

Research indicates that bugs could be both more nutritious and far less-environmentally harmful to farm. Even though billions of people all over the globe already eat them, bugs are just beginning to catch on in the U.S. as an everyday snack. Here are four products to help ease your slide into the deliciously sustainable world of bug-eating.

1. All-purpose baking flour

Cricket flour

Portland, Oregon-based Cricket Flours mixes up a wide variety of cricket-based flours, including an all-purpose kind that can replace the non-cricket variety.

2. Energy bars

cricket bar

These energy bars come in four flavors and include crickets to capitalize on the insect's high protein content. Chapul, from Colorado, prides itself on being the original cricket bar.

3. Pasta

cricket pasta

The French company Kinjao, which makes a range of mostly cricket-based products, advertises its pasta as possessing an extra boost of protein in the form of cricket flour.

4. Mealworms, oven-roasted

mealworm

This Canadian company takes a more straightforward approach, offering up oven-roasted mealworms, crickets, and super worms.