Oh waiter, there’s soup in my bowl of flies

Insects are rich in protein, minerals and vitamins — just like meat. Two billion people around the world eat insects as a regular part of their diets and some Americans are starting to warm up to that idea.

To feed the demand for edible insects, small companies are selling products like cookies made with cricket flour and spicy worms.

Elliot Mermel opened up the first cricket farm in Los Angeles where he breeds crickets, freezes them and grinds them into flour for sale to restaurants and other businesses.

“Once the word got out about what we were doing here, our email boxes have been filling up,” Mermel said.

Megan Miller is another “entopreneur,” as they’re called as part of the “ento” or edible insect industry. She founded Bitty, a company that sells cookies made with cricket flour.

Along with being a nutritional powerhouse, insects require less land, food and water than livestock, which can relieve some current and growing agricultural problems.

 

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