Future conscious farming: edible insects now stocked at major supermarket chain

The digestibility of edible insects is higher than that of plant proteins, making them easier for the body to extract and absorb nutrients. Image: supplied

Insects are the most sustainable source of protein on earth. They produce 80 per cent less methane than cows, require far less resources to farm and their increasing popularity could mean lower emissions long-term. And it’s not just their small ecological footprints that make them major snack goals. Packed with protein, vitamin B12, Omega 3, iron, potassium and calcium they tick all the major health boxes too.

But the news that has us really bugging out, is that one of Australia’s biggest supermarkets – IGA – is stocking them. And you know, what? They actually look really good.

“We’re passionate about bringing our customers new and exciting products that they wouldn’t usually be able to find,” says the HG retail group who have become the first big Aussie chain to stock Grilo protein products – packaged energy bars, powder and smoothie blends made from crickets.

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“We’re proud to support this innovative and local company who is committed to supplying healthy, sustainable and future conscious food that tastes great!” adds Maleny IGA Owner, Rob Outridge.

Eating crickets has previously been uncommon in the West, largely due to the ‘ick’ factor associated with eating bugs. Image: supplied

The retailer’s move reflects a growing understanding for the need to find food solutions that meet the agricultural industry’s long-term sustainability goals – along with the health needs of consumers too. And with the edible insect industry expected to have a market growth of nearly $US1.2 billion by 2023, we can’t help but think of all the STEM job opportunities in farming, food production, biochemistry and processing that it’ll create.

In the meantime we’re just getting used to the fact that the delicious protein hit in our morning smoothies could have been crawling all over us the week before.

*deep breaths*

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Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.


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