Blog

The Future of Insects

May 28th, 2015

The Future of Insects

Coffee, cocoa, rice, copper – and insects?  They are all commodities, and until recently all except one have been traded on the open market.  The newest addition is bugs, including crickets, beetles, grasshoppers, locusts, and ants.

But what is driving the market for insects?  It comes down to food, and protein.  Developing nations with higher incomes are creating a demand for more beef, pork and chicken, yet raising livestock can be expensive.  In many nations, especially where eating insects is already acceptable, bugs-as-food is a viable option.  This food source is cheaper, more reliable, and can be easily disguised.

If you can’t warm up to the idea of a plate of ants, consider all the ways insects can be modified into powders, flours, and mixes.  Many common foods, such as pasta and smoothie mixes, can use insects to increase protein.  Insects also make a great addition to animal feed, and are used in cosmetics.

Finding protein that is affordable, versatile and has little effective on our environment is critical, and investors are taking note.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

No Comments »

Categories

Archives

May 2015
S M T W T F S
« Apr   Jun »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31