Resume by Martin Gøttske
A global market for crickets could turn edible insects into a major industry in Southeast Asia. Already companies are in the niche market of packaged foods using “cricket flour” – insects ground into a powder – to pack in the protein.
When it comes to insect farming, the major industry of the future is animal feed – an area that is already attracting investment from major multinationals.
If the cricket industry is able to expand, says industry-insider, it could be a windfall for farmers in Thailand and Cambodia, where crickets have long been part of the diet but never a particularly lucrative trade.