With the world’s population expected to reach 9.8 billion people by 2050, there is a growing need to find alternative protein sources. Current methods of livestock farming are unsustainable to keep up with the growing worldwide demand for food, especially protein. Traditional livestock, particularly cattle, are damaging to the environment and produce 1/5th of the world’s greenhouse gasses.
Insect farming is a viable alternative to traditional livestock farming, as it is more sustainable and environmentally-friendly, along with insects being naturally high in protein. Insects require far fewer resources than cattle, including feed, water, and space. Crickets are highly nutritious, with large amounts of protein and fewer fats. They also contain many minerals, in particular iron, calcium and magnesium. Small Farms aims to design a table-top cricket farm for people to grow their own super-food at home.