Our project this year was to try to reduce the production of meat and bones. Some municipal composting facilities will not accept meat or bones in their compost because meat is a health hazard to handlers of the compost and bones take a very long time to decompose. Our team decided that people should eat more insects instead of meat. We specifically chose crickets because they are not perceived very disgusting - just picture crickets. Most people will think of a happy and calm evening.
We found that most people will not eat insects because of the "Yuck" factor, which means that the majority of people find them disgusting.
There are many reasons why you should consume more insects. Because crickets do not have bones, they decompose more quickly than meat. They also have more vitamins and proteins than beef. It only takes one liter of water to raise one kilograms of crickets while it takes 22,000 liters to raise one kilograms of beef. Crickets are very cheap and easy to raise, you can even make a cricket farm in your own home!
We have created two pamphlets that will help people get over the "Yuck" factor. One pamphlet is called "Entomophagy Made Fun and Easy" this pamphlet will help you learn to enjoy eating crickets, to help you forget your disgust. The second pamphlet is called "Entomophagy Made Easy: Part 2 - Recipes". This pamphlet has recipes and tips for cooking crickets. Some of the recipes we included are cookies, fried crickets, and fried rice, which can help you bring crickets into your daily diet. Please feel free to downland and print a copy of the pamphlets. You can find the pamphlets on the Espousing Entomophagy page of our website.
The Bearded Pineapples have discovered that consuming crickets can reduce the production of meat and bones. There are many hazards and problems when meat and bones are put in the compost. We hope our pamphlets will help you on your journey to cricket eating.
-The Bearded Pineapples