What’s delicious, nutritious, and produces 100 times LESS greenhouse gases than cattle? CRICKETS! Evelyn Robertson, from Peterborough, Ontario, is studying these insects as an alternative protein source in the Environmental and Resource Sciences Program at Trent University.
Evelyn’s research was conducted to learn how people can be successful using crickets as an alternate source of protein.
Producing beef, chicken, and other meats produces many resource management issues.
However, many countries around the world use insects as a primary source of protein, and have been able to reduce their collective footprints by eating insects.
Evelyn did her background research about eating crickets, determining their health benefits, and how she could eat them!
She went to presentations put on by Entomo Farms, a cricket farm in Norwood, and talked to the owners about the benefits of using crickets as an alternative source of protein. She tried different ways of eating these insects, including using cricket powder in chocolate chip cookies and as an addition to snacks.
She discovered that not only are crickets a great source of protein, but they contain nine essential amino acids. Crickets also use 12x less feed, 13x less water, 2000x less land, and 100x less greenhouse gases than cattle to create the same amount of edible protein!
Crickets can be consumed in many ways: sprinkled on top of salad like a crouton; cricket powder can be used as a substitute for flour; or they can be purchased in different flavours and eaten whole.
Eating crickets can save a vast amount of feed, water, and land resources while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Using them as an alternative source of protein can help us to live more sustainably.
Evelyn thanks Trent University for facilitating her interesting and timely research. “Even as an undergraduate student, Trent has given me a lot of incredible opportunities for independent research projects to display my academic and personal interests. With the support of amazing teaching staff and lab demonstrators, I have always been encouraged to pursue my interests through hands-on experiences and to always take an opportunity to share with others what I’m learning and discovering.”
Thanks so much for sharing your research with us, Evelyn!