Don’t Look to Crickets to Feed the World Just Yet, Study Cautions

What do you crave when you’re hugry—fries, pizza, chocolate? What about crickets? Most people would say no, but many studies have been done to prove the nutritional benefits of crickets. Agronomists at the University of California Davis Cooperative Extension have research in this same vein. Some have hypothesized that one day crickets could globally replace livestock as sources of protein for the human diet, but UC Davis believes this is a long way off, seeing as new innovation is necessary before this could be a realistic alternative. The ultimate goal is to develop a cost-conscious solution to feeding insects off of organic waste and side streams—something concluded by agronomists and UC Davis entomologists after conducting a study to test different dietary options and the subsequent ability to harvest the crickets for human food.

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