WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Farmers are raising alternative livestock they say are more ecologically sound than meat but that are sure to bug some people out: crickets.
Interest in edible insects was fueled by a 2013 report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Since then, the number of producers of foods containing crickets — from protein bars to chips and pasta sauce — has jumped from zero to about 20 in the United States, while U.S. cricket farms have grown to about a half dozen.
Tomorrow’s Harvest in Williston, Vermont, is among the new cricket farms that don’t use much space to raise the protein-packed food. Steve Swanson raises the crickets in boxes in his basement and has just started selling cricket protein powder online.