Environmental Sustainability of Large Scale Cricket Farmers
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In 2013, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations published a 200- page report about the future prospects of edible insects for food and feed security. Advocating for the introduction of insects as an alternative protein source. Crickets were one of the edible insects identified as having significant nutritional value for human consumption and having less environmental impact than current livestock production. As we face increasing population, global climate change and continuous degradation of natural resources the development of sustainable alternative agricultural systems like cricket production is very important. Currently there are no federal regulations or guidelines for cricket farming to ensure environmental sustainable practices. Analysis of current cricket farming methods is necessary in order to provide appropriate environmental recommendations for potential cricket farming guidelines that will improve cricket yield. This study aimed to compare the first life cycle assessment conducted on cricket farming to a life cycle assessment of cattle production and found that large scale cricket farming is environmentally sustainable as an alternative protein source.