WHY CRICKET FARMING?
Farming crickets are much more sustainable and environmentally friendly than conventional farming of poultry and cattle.
Here are some statistics when comparing cricket farming to conventional farming of poultry and cattle.
Crickets produce 80 per cent less methane than cattle. Crickets require 6 times less feed. Crickets only need 1 gallon of water to produce 1 pound of cricket powder. In contrast, chicken and beef need 500 gallons and 2000 gallons respectively to produce the same amount of meat.
Crickets have always been consumed as a source of protein, even by our ancestors’ tens of thousands of years ago. Presently, it is estimated that 2 billion people worldwide still consume bugs as a source of protein.
Crickets can be considered a superfood in terms of their nutritional value. It contains approximately 70% protein, 10 % fat, of which 7% is unsaturated fatty acids, 10% chitin fibre. The remaining percentages are minerals such as calcium, potassium and trace minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium. By having all essential amino acids and easily digestible, it is an ideal source of protein for people of all ages (Healthline, 6 May 2021).
TYPES OF CRICKET
There are 3 common cricket species used in commercial farming – domestic house cricket, two-spotted cricket and Jamaican field cricket. Basically, their requirements and performance are the same. The differences or the advantages they have over each other are not significantly distinguishable. However, the main difference of importance is the aroma and taste of their powder form.
Across the globe, 811 million people still suffer from lack of food and hunger despite the total world food production being more than sufficient to feed everyone. With the future population predicted to increase, Future Protein Solutions aims to provide a sustainable and affordable source of protein for everyone. With this in mind, cricket protein is our solution moving forward due to ease of production and its high nutritional value compared to conventional protein sources.
Conventional livestock production is responsible for 45% of global land use, 23% global freshwater consumption and 25% greenhouse gas emission. Compared to conventional protein sources, crickets require less land usage, less water, less feed, and produce minimal amounts of greenhouse gases, thus making them eco-friendly and sustainable.
We will also be looking into renewable and energy-efficient farming and manufacturing processes.
Crickets are an excellent source of nutrients like vitamins, minerals and fibre. Studies have shown that crickets provide polyunsaturated fatty acids linked to health benefits, including improvements in risk factors for heart disease. In the world population where people are getting more health-conscious, we aim to promote our products as an easy alternative “superfood” so that everyone can have access to adequate nutrients at reasonable prices.
Scalable source of protein
Our crickets are farmed within shipping containers instead of conventional farming techniques. There are critical factors on why we think our method works besides providing the optimal living conditions for our crickets and the associated environmental benefits.
You can think of shipping containers like lego blocks, providing us with scalability and flexibility in resource usage. Given a scenario where there is a surge in demand for our products, we can scale up by acquiring more shipping containers to produce a higher volume of crickets and vice versa. We can minimise resource wastage through this method, thus providing our products to you at the most reasonable price possible.
Shipping containers also provide us with mobility, enabling us to ship our crickets anywhere in the world in the most cost-effective manner. We are confident that this will assist us in our mission to end the world famine problem, enabling us to provide protein alternatives to areas in poverty and hunger.