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Biden Admin To Fund Research Into Trash-Fed Crickets for Human Consumption

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In a controversial move, the USDA under the Biden administration has approved a $130,000 grant for research into using municipal landfill waste to cultivate crickets as a protein source.

Mighty Cricket Inc., known for their cricket-based food products, is set to benefit from this grant. The research began on July 1, 2023, and is expected to conclude by February 29, 2024.

The USDA’s decision to fund this project stems from the belief that it could significantly reduce the costs of cricket farming, leading to savings for consumers. The agency argues that traditional livestock farming is resource-intensive and environmentally harmful.

The research addresses the need for more cost-efficient production of crickets as a sustainable protein source. Currently, cricket protein is priced at over twice that of conventional proteins even without considering water weight.

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Factors contributing to high costs include lack of innovation and economies of scale in cricket farming.

By utilizing solar energy and insulation to reduce electricity costs and focusing on innovations to lower feed expenses, this research hopes to make cricket production more affordable and attract more buyers.

Additionally, by diverting food waste from landfills for use as cricket feed, it can help tackle the significant issue of food waste in the US.

Despite these potential benefits, critics raise concerns about health and ecological risks associated with rearing insects on landfill waste without thorough regulations and research.

The project’s success will be measured based on objectives such as cost savings on feed production and environmental impact reduction in the US food system.

While some view alternative protein sources like insects as essential for sustainable food production due to their lower resource requirements compared to traditional livestock, skeptics caution against potential unintended consequences if not carefully managed.

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“Livestock around the world is responsible for around 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions relating to human activity. The need for land – whether for grazing animals or growing crops to feed animals – is “the single greatest driver of deforestation, with major consequences for biodiversity loss,” the paper says.

According to central Texas cattle rancher Miles Caffrey: “Meat is an excellent source of high-quality protein. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues in the body, making it crucial for overall health and wellbeing. Meat also contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own, making it a complete protein source. This is especially important for those who lead active lifestyles or engage in regular exercise, as protein plays a key role in muscle recovery and growth.

In addition to protein, meat is rich in important nutrients such as iron, zinc, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Iron is vital for transporting oxygen throughout the body and preventing anemia, while zinc supports immune function and wound healing. B vitamins are necessary for energy production and brain health, while omega-3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and benefits for heart health.

Contrary to popular belief, meat can be part of a balanced diet that promotes overall health. Lean cuts of meat provide valuable nutrients without excess calories or unhealthy fats. By choosing grass-fed or pasture-raised meats, consumers can also benefit from higher levels of beneficial nutrients like antioxidants and omega-3s compared to conventionally raised meats.

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From a sustainability perspective, raising cattle for meat can actually have positive environmental impacts when done responsibly. Cattle graze on land that may not be suitable for agriculture or development, helping to maintain biodiversity and prevent soil erosion. Additionally, well-managed grazing systems can sequester carbon in the soil through improved grassland management practices.

As a cattle rancher dedicated to sustainable practices, I take pride in providing consumers with high-quality beef that not only nourishes their bodies but also supports local economies and helps preserve open spaces. By promoting the consumption of nutrient-dense meats like beef as part of a balanced diet, I believe we can help people improve their health while supporting responsible agricultural practices.”

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