Being cold-blooded, crickets don't waste a bunch of their energy creating body heat. This allows much of what they eat to go straight to building body mass (i.e. protein).
In cows, it takes 17 pounds of feed to create 1 pound of beef.
In pigs, it takes 9 pounds of feed to create 1 pound of pork.
In broiler chickens, it takes 4 pounds of feed to create 1 pound of chicken.
In crickets, it takes just 2 pounds of feed to create 1 pound of cricket.
At Craft Crickets, we obsessively track our crickets' efficiency at converting their various feeds to live weight. It's encouraging that within our first few months and with practically zero investment, we were already raising protein more efficiently than highly genetically engineered broiler chickens. Unlike the beef or poultry industry, cricket farms don't have decades of government funded research and massive amounts of subsidies, yet we are already producing protein more efficiently. Just imagine how time and research will further distort the superiority of our super crickets.
To product a kilogram of protein, crickets produce just 1 gram of green house gas emissions. This is 1,000s of times less than what is emitted by your typical factory farmed animal.
Is it worth accelerating global warming just to eat a fast food burger? Remember, every time you eat you take a stance on the environment. Each time you eat a fast food hamburger, you are creating as much CO2 emissions as driving your car for six miles.
Crickets are high in protein. Our Craft Crickets are nearly 60% pure protein. Pound per pound, this is double most prepared meats. Just one ounce of Craft Crickets contains 16g of protein; at just 139 calories an ounce, few food sources can provide so much protein in so few calories.
Have you ever had a window seat on a long flight? What did see you out your window? Unless it was a foggy day, most of what you saw was related to food--either land dedicated to farming or grazing. In fact, over a quarter of the world's ice free land is used by livestock alone. As world population continues to grow, our planet doesn't have the space to keep dedicating more and more space to livestock production. We need to grow healthy food in a smaller footprint. Crickets require just a fraction of the space as other primary protein sources.
At Craft Crickets, we take pride in our small, urban footprint. We raise quality protein in a 2,400 ft2 warehouse in the heart of a mid-sized American city. None of the patrons at the neighboring business (Burger King) even have a clue that our farm sits just on the other side of the parking lot.