Why choose crickets?

Wild Food Farm sources the highest quality herbs and spices. Our ingredients come from fresh leaves, flowers, seeds and roots. You will taste the difference.

We supply to restaurants, specialty stores, catering companies, health food stores as well as your kitchen, and our goal is to bring unique flavors of the world to you with just a few clicks.

Of course the shining star of our products is our cricket powder which is ground from dry roasting.

It is very important to everyone at Wild Food Farm that the crickets are treated humanely and that they live as close as possible to how they would live in the natural world. Their lifespan is about 6 weeks and the harvesting only occurs at the end of their natural life cycle.

Our products have limitless opportunities to expand your dining pleasures and spark the imagination of culinary foodies everywhere!!


“ENTOMOPHAGY” is the human consumption of insects and arachnids as food. The majority of the world does this with little hesitation, but, in the United States, it’s a bit more unusual.
Lately, though, there’s been new interest in the eating of bugs, so much so that the trend has often been cited as the “new sushi”. Back in the early 1980s, very few people ate raw fish, but, now, just about everybody does it.

 

This isn’t even that big of a stretch when you consider that bugs are arthropods and thus very closely related to shrimp, crab, crawfish, and lobster, all of which are essentially bugs of the ocean and rivers. Further, consider the fact that honey is partially-digested nectar after it was vomited by bees. The FDA has acceptable guidelines for the presence of insect parts in foods. Cockroach parts are routinely found in wheat, popcorn, cheese, fruit, macaroni, peanut butter and chocolate.  The FDA allows about 30 whole aphids in Brussels sprouts and about 60 in frozen broccoli. Thrips or Corn Lice: These winged creatures are allowed at 100 grams in frozen spinach. Canned mushrooms:  75 White Mites and 20 Maggots  are allowed in each can.  Canned Corn: Allows skin and larvae of the Corn Ear Worm. And it hardly stops there.  So, when you think about it, you’ve been an entomophagist for most of your life already!

WARNING:  Those with Shellfish, Shrimp and Chocolate allergies should not eat insects. Crustaceans and insects both belong to the phylum arthropoda. If you are allergic to shellfish you are likely allergic to insects!!

Insects are extremely healthy and they can help solve our global food crisis. As the human population grows, it is ever more important to temper our levels of consumption of the Earth’s dwindling resources. Humans currently consume at least 40 percent of potential terrestrial productivity, and some 30 percent of the land on Earth is used to pasture and feed livestock. Food reserves are the lowest they’ve been in 40 years and human population expects to grow to more than 9 billion by 2050—the demand for food will increase dramatically over the coming decades. Climate change, reduced productivity of agricultural lands, overfishing, dwindling freshwater resources, pollution from fertilizers and pesticides, and a host of other factors mean that this population increase will place a disproportionate burden on Earth’s ecosphere. Something has to change.

 

Healthy food, healthy environment

Insects are sole sources of numerous necessary nutrients, such as the eight essential amino acids, vitamin B12, riboflavin, the biologically active form of vitamin A, and several minerals.  They are particularly high in protein, with levels comparable to beef and milk. Crickets, for example, contain approximately 21 grams of protein per 100 grams of cricket, while ground beef contains about 26 grams per 100 grams of meat and powdered whole milk contains about 26 grams of protein per 100 grams. Insects are also particularly rich in fat, and can thus supply a high caloric contribution to the human diet, particularly in famine-stricken areas of the world.

When eaten, insects do not pass disease to humans like livestock can (bacterial infections, salmonella etc)

Eating insects instead of cattle is also good for the environment. Insects can be produced more sustainably and with a much smaller ecological footprint than vertebrate livestock. They are very efficient at transforming a wide variety of organic matter into edible body mass. For example, cows consume 8 g of feed to gain 1 g in weight, whereas insects can require less than 2 g of feed for the same weight gain. Additionally, insects don’t compete with the human food supply, as do vertebrate livestock such as cows and chickens, which are primarily fed with grain and corn.

Insects make up the largest and most diverse group of organisms on Earth and this diversity makes them a safer bet for future food security than vertebrate animals such as cattle, fowl, or even fish, which are increasingly susceptible to disease and overharvested from the wild. The UN FAO estimates that there are already more than 1,400 species of edible insects currently consumed by people.

They are already being incorporated into numerous consumer items, such as meat substitutes and protein-fortified dry products, including cereals, bars, and snack foods. There is an increasing market for insect-based food products worldwide. Some US restaurants, particularly those serving Latin American and Asian cuisine, are increasingly offering insects on their menus.

The United Nations published a 191-page report, “Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security” where they address the fact that we need more sustainable protein in the developing world and that insects could fight word hunger.  According to the UN researchers, consuming insects is not only healthy (they have a lot of vitamins and mineral salts, the fatty acids are polyunsaturated so they don’t form cholesterol in our arteries, and the proteins are formed by essential amino acids) but if embraced on a world-wide scale would have major environmental implications and address the real and pressing concerns in a world where population growth has reached alarming levels.

Food costs have reached record highs as worldwide drought conditions are destroying feed crops, killing livestock, thus making it more expensive to raise cattle, chicken and hogs for human consumption and it will only get worse.

“Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth”

(Leviticus XI: 21)

“Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind”

(Leviticus XI: 22)