BROOKLYN – Crickets for dinner? One Brooklyn group at the Navy Yard says the insect can be a life-saver during a natural disaster when no other food is around.
Terreform One is creating a unique farming system that has the look of a spaceship. But this one - full of crickets, about 200 hundred per pod - totaling up to 22,000 each farm.
The insects move around the farm from pod to pod through connecting tubes. And the product never running out with the crickets reproducing non-stop.
"The United Nations came out with a report in 2013 that said insects can solve world hunger and crickets are the way to go," Mitch Joachim with Terreform One said.
After six weeks, the crickets hibernate but never wake up. The adults are then turned into a flour form to make food, like chips, bagels, and pancakes.
The idea is to produce high protein nutrition in devastated areas when animals are not around to eat.
"I have tasted the whole form and it didn't taste like chicken but a peanut taste," Lissette Olivares, a cricket lover, said.
Each pod cost about $80 bucks and maintenance is minimal, leading to savings that could chop down your grocery bill. So the creators say you can easily keep a cricket farm even in a cramped New York apartment, if don't mind the noise.