Crickets may not be on your dinner plate tonight. But if new startup Bitwater Farms gets its way, they’ll soon become regular fare for the chicken and fish you do eat.
I eat insects. They're nutritious, plentiful, and far more sustainable than other sources of animal protein. I also realize that many people are apprehensive about the idea. We have a long history in Western culture of looking at insects as pests, not dinner. However, I believe that if we can get over our apprehensions, insects will provide an opportunity to feed so many more people than our current food system can support.
Meet Dina, Emily and Kamille: three graduate students from the University of Southern California. We come from distant corners of the earth - Kuwait, California and Hawaii - and have varied interests ranging from small business development to agriculture to innovative technology. In January, we entered into the final semester of our Masters in Social Entrepreneurship program - which included a Capstone Advisory Project that would match us with a social good company and allow us to apply our consultative expertise.
When I opened the cricket habitat today, I was surprised to see some little critters scurrying about. At first, they looked like an army of ants, but a closer look revealed they are baby crickets! Since we’ve added some heat mats to the side and bottom of the habitat, they have not had the large temperature swings like the days before. Happy crickets make baby crickets! As you can see, the babies are very small and incredibly hard to film. Seems like when I get one in focus, they realize it and scram. Limited footage aside, my friends at Bitwater Farms are going to be so proud! One step closer to fish food.
NASA is now predicting a “megadrought” as early as 2050 that might last 30 or more years and transform a broad swath of the United States into an arid Dust Bowl. If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase along current trajectories, say NASA researchers, there is a staggering 80 percent likelihood of the Southwest and Central Plains experiencing a decades-long megadrought worse than any that has occurred in the past 1,000 years.