Introducing insects into your diet and cutting out less sustainable forms of protein can help reduce many of the negative impacts your food has on the environment. We’re talking about the clearing of rainforests for cattle rearing and soy production, the massive amounts of Greenhouse Gases emitted by the livestock industry, and the volumes of fresh water being sucked dry by an unsustainable food system.
Disclaimer: We are not saying that people should be ONLY eating bugs! Although this is what happens when you do.
What we are saying is that if we can normalize entomophagy (the practice of eating bugs) and replace a substantial portion of the current meat-market with insects, the difference could significantly change issues involving resource scarcity, food waste, GHG emissions, deforestation, and malnutrition.
2.5 billion people around the world are already eating insects. That means there are more people dining on bugs than speak English! There are about 2,000 varieties of known edible insects, each with its own particular taste and texture. Crickets, in particular, can best be described as having a subtle umami or nutty flavor, and differ in texture depending on how you use them. At Chirps, we use our own special cricket protein powder, which adds a delicious hint of nuttiness to our products.
Also, get this—bugs aren’t the only thing on the menu! Our Chirps are also made with simple, high-quality ingredients you already love like stone ground corn, savory cheddar cheese, garlic, and smoky paprika.
These aren’t just empty carbs, people. Unlike plant proteins, cricket protein is a complete protein with all nine essential amino acids, more b12 than salmon, and more calcium than milk.
But what is NOT in your food can be just as important as what IS in your food. Chirps are Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Nut-Free, and (except for our cheddar Chirps) Dairy Free.
Crickets are one of the most sustainable sources of protein in the world! This is because they require very few resources and because bugs like crickets can be raised in cities, unlike most farm animals. Inviting our six-legged friends to be our new neighbors can greatly reduce the distance from farm to table. Plus, crickets can be fed partially on a diet consisting of excess organic produce that would normally be thrown out, helping us reduce some of the 60 million tons of food waste produced in the US each year.
Eat this not that!
Meat production is responsible for over 18% of all Greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the United States, which is more than all forms of transportation combined! Crickets, however, produce 3000x fewer GHGs compared to beef for the same amount of protein.
Globally, the livestock industry occupies 70% of the Earth’s cultivable land. Are you wondering what all of this land is being used for? Well, a sizeable chunk of it is used just to grow food to feed the food that feeds us. Makes no sense, right?
AND it’s not just the meat industry that is the problem. More and more rainforests are being clear-cut to make room for soy plantations, millions of bees have to be trucked across the United States in order to pollinate California almond trees, and it takes 700 gallons of water to make a pound of lentils.
Mini livestock = Mini resources
In comparison, crickets are efficient little powerhouses which require a fraction of the land, water, and feed compared to traditional livestock and yet pack far more protein and vitamins. They can be raised partially on a diet consisting of food waste and are far more efficient at turning their own food into energy. Crickets can also be raised vertically, in old abandoned warehouses, in your bathtub, or just about anywhere.