Why insect farming?

Lets have a quick look at the comparison of insect to crop production for the same output quantity.

Insect production…

  • 2 x the protein content
  • 200 x less water
  • 10 000 x less land
  • 2 000 x less CO2
  • 0 pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and chemicals
  • And then of course the mass reduction of waste destined for garbage sites

The truth about crop production – a closer look

Traditional crop farming, at a glance is an unsustainable solution to feeding the worlds growing population… or the livestock it requires to meet minimum human protein requirements.

Tilling of the soil – Modern agriculture relies on the practice of tilling the soil which allows for maximum nutrient exposure for the planted crop which sounds ideal however, over time this additional oxygen exposure eradicates the deeper nutrient organic material. This depletion makes the soil less able to grab nutrients making the soil loose.

Mono cropping – This refers to the planting of a single crop in a field/s or region. This makes the area more susceptible to crop disease and pests… enter pesticides, fungicides, herbicides in an attempt by the farmer to avoid mass losses. This approach also further depletes the soil of a single batch of nutrients (those specifically needed and soaked up by that particular crop) which further reduces the stability of the soil… enter chemical fertilisers which are the farmers way of putting those nutrients back into the soil. Like it or not, all these things end up in our food (including through our livestock) in some shape or form.

Water – So now we have loose, malnourished soil pumped full of chemicals in an attempt to fool the plants into flourishing… which they do due to modern science. BUT all of these factors require unprecedented amounts of water to hold this delicate system together. Water is a finite resource! We take it for granted but we cannot continue on this path.

Soil Erosion – It doesnt take a scientist at this point to realise that our soil is unstable and degraded, and soil is the foundation of all life. Essentially, erosion is the washing away of the top soil which is where all the good stuff calls home. Without this layer, our productive land is literally shrinking leading to…

Deforestation – As the global population explodes, and our farmlands become less and less suitable for continued production, humans expand into the rain forests for more land. This doesnt require too much explanation (I hope) but annually there is a reduction of 700 million acres of virgin forest which has the massive ecological implications that go with that.

Climate Change – Once soil degradation, energy and deforestation are considered, agriculture is one of the largest contributors of irreversible climate change globally through carbon emissions.

Thanks to Proterra and The Citizens of Earth websites for data for this entry