Published On: Thu, Aug 24th, 2017

Crickets! Good Food for You & Fido

By Gayle Pruitt, CN.

“Eating insects has been around since the beginning of human existence. Even in the Old Testaments people were encouraged to eat grasshoppers, beetles, and locust.

The Paiute Indians hunted the Mormon crickets. The women would then roast the crickets and make high protein bread out of the cricket flour.
Insects are still traditional foods in many cultures including cultures in South America, Africa and many Asian countries.

Now it seems insect foods are coming to America for pets as well as for humans.. They are high in protein and have many other important nutrients. And on top of that they are:

Sustainable, ECO friendly, and highly nutritious.

Cricket farms are cropping up all over America and the reports are saying they can’t keep up with orders. Silicon Valley says protein bars made from cricket protein are their brain food. High-end gourmet restaurants are now including insects on their menu.

I personally made cupcakes using cricket flour and believe it or not they were excellent. The cupcakes tasted like they were made with hazelnuts and chocolate.

Crickets are an unconventional protein source. Many now grown for human consumption, they have a higher quality protein than beef and even higher in calcium. Great for Fido, he/she needs more calcium than humans.

Conventional large mammal and bird proteins are expensive to buy, hard to ship, and take a huge toll on our planet to produce. Sustainable crickets can be raised to be happy little critters enjoying a great lifestyle, live in a clean environment, all the while munching on gourmet delights. Also these little guys can be humanly harvested. Plus crickets leave a much lighter footprint on our environment.

To give you a little perspective of the differences of feeding conventional protein to crickets.

For instance:
1. 1-pound of beef protein harvested uses approximately 2,000+ gallons of water
2. 1-pound of beef takes 2 to 3 years to harvest
3. Uses more land to feed
Livestock accounts for about 27 percent of methane emissions, and methane accounts for about 32 to 40 percent of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Whereas Crickets
* 1-pound of Cricket protein harvested uses less than 1-gallon of water
* 1-pound of cricket protein takes 6 to 7 weeks to harvest
* A 2,000 sq ft building can handle thousands of pounds of cricket protein

Plus..Crickets also have a negligible amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

Think about giving insects a try, you might be pleasantly surprised. Feeding your dog crickets two days a week saves thousands of gallons of water. A human family of four feeding one day a week or four medium size dogs saves about a million gallons of water a year. Greenhouse emissions from crickets are negligible. Feeding crickets helps slow down pollutions of our streams, lakes, and oceans.

Plus crickets are super healthy for human and our canine kids

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