Grow Your Own Protein at Home
The most overlooked protein source available is easy to grow at home, and it can be fed leftovers. Growing your own protein is kind of like gardening. Micro-Farming is a better way to describe it.
There’s an ancient high protein food source that is easy to grow but if I mention it now, it might scare you off before you read any further. So, please bear with me.
We’re experiencing unprecedented times, so we need to set unwarranted cultural fears aside and adopt new approaches to our food production and delivery systems that are good for us and good for our planet.
Meat is our primary protein source, yet meat production is killing us and our planet. It’s a significant cause of pollution, deforestation, and inhumane treatment of animals. It’s not sustainable, and we need solutions that are.
In addition, our population is increasing dramatically. By the time my kids are my age, there will be half again as many people on our planet. Since meat, especially beef, is becoming more popular worldwide, meat production will need to double. This is simply not possible. Our planet cannot support it.
For the sake of our children and future generations, we need an inexpensive and easily accessible alternative protein.
Here’s one solution. You can replace meat by raising your own protein at home humanely and by using your meal’s leftovers as feed.
So, what is the answer I’m afraid to tell you for fear you will stop reading at this point? Six-legged animals. Micro-Livestock. Insects.
Set-Up a Micro-farm in Your Home to Raise Real Animal Protein.
Billions of people worldwide consider insects as food and eat them every day. This includes our southern neighbor, Mexico. There are over 200 different insects used as food in Mexico. There are over 20,000 insect farms in Thailand, and one of Cambodia’s top exports is edible insects. The Mopane Worm is considered a delicacy in Zimbabwe, the Witchety Grub in Australia, Queen Ants in Columbia. It’s evident that here in the United States and Canada, we’re the ones missing out.
The only reason we do not eat insects is that we have an unwarranted cultural fear. Our distaste for insects goes so deep that until recently, feeding fish insects was illegal if the fish sold as food. Insects are the natural food for fish, and we have been eating both for centuries.
It’s mind over matter. Do you have the mental strength to overcome this illogical fear of food we have been eating since the dawn of humanity? It’s been safety tested for over two hundred thousand years.
Edible insects are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Available to almost anybody anywhere and they taste good.
An opportunity to work with an ancient food. A new culinary adventure.
Edible insects are a real animal protein with all nine essential amino acids. They’re a prebiotic fiber (nutrition for probiotics), high in antioxidants, a perfect Omega 3:6 balance, high in B12, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, and more. They are also a very bio-available food source.
Our attitude toward insects as food is changing as science begins to show us the significant health and environmental benefits of insects as both food and feed. Coupled with the concern over factory farms and inhumane treatment of livestock, edible insects make sense.
If you’ve read this far and have not been scared off by unwarranted cultural fears of eating this ancient food, then you’re probably wondering what it takes to begin micro-farming six-legged livestock.
If you’re interested in setting up a micro-farm in your home, check out my article on How to Build a Mini Cricket Farm.
Please Note: People who are allergic to shellfish may be allergic to bugs.
Full Disclosure: I’m President of Entosense, and some of the links in this article are to our website EdibleInsects.com.
For an in-depth read on edible insects, check out the UN’s FAO publication “Edible Insects — Future prospects for food and feed security.”