From almost invisible black dots, crickets grow to fully-grown adults in only 30 days. Unlike cattle, crickets are accustomed to living in dense populations. Big factory farms full of cows and pigs have to use antibiotics to make sure the animals survive the horrible cramped conditions. We would never use antibiotics in our feed. We just have to make sure our crickets simply have the space they need. We make sure that the temperature, lighting and space is just right so that the crickets can thrive.
Crickets selected for harvest are cooled until they hibernate. Hibernation is a natural process that they go through on a particularly cold morning for example. Their whole metabolism slows down to a halt at which point they can be harvested via freezing in the most ethical way possible. Research confirms that almost the whole cricket is digestible. Because of that, whole crickets are used in the cricket protein powder. We stop feeding our crickets 24 hours before harvesting to ensure their digestive systems are totally empty. Crickets can survive up to 2 weeks without food in nature so this short fast isn’t a big issue for them.
All of the cricket harvesting processes are closely monitored and there are several places where we can spot potential issues with quality control and lab tests. We take safety seriously and that’s why we are the world’s first Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified cricket farm. We have also the highest food safety certifications possible in the food industry. As humans, we are so genetically dissimilar to crickets, there’s no illness for us to catch. No coronavirus, no swine flu, no mad cow disease. Cricket protein is recommended as one of the leading solutions against these global pandemics.
The fact that insects such as crickets are less resource intensive than cattle does not equate to a less expensive product. At least not yet. Cricket farms need less land, water, and ,, and feed but they still need human labour, management, equipment, and most importantly scale which requires a lot of research and increase in demand. The good thing is that even when cricket farming gets as big as chicken farming is today, it won’t cause as much harm. Serious research and innovation in cricket farming started only several years ago. The current cricket farms are still relatively small and the whole industry is in its infancy, but with future improvements, cricket protein will become cheaper than any meat-quality protein on the market.
There will be a cricket farm on Mars. If we ever colonize Mars, that means no space for wasting of resources. Space engineers already plan a use of cricket farming which would convert byproducts of vegetable farming to high-quality cricket protein. The point is, cricket farming is the most sustainable way to get protein and we should definitely use the benefits even here on Earth.