Eating Bugs! – Raising Bugs For Food, Fun, And Profit
Eating bugs is nothing new. In fact, eating insects in many countries is widely accepted. Why then are Americans so opposed to consuming this protein source? I would guess that it is because we envision cockroaches crawling through sewers when we think about bugs. The reality is that eating a bug isn’t all that different than eating other sources of commercially raised protein.
“The old lady that swallowed a fly” may have been simply eating lunch. I mean it’s happened to all of us. Your walking along and that little fly gets stuck in the back of your throat and you swallow the fly. Did you die? Nope! You may have choked and gagged, but the fly was edible. Eating a bug really wasn’t all that bad.
Where to Find Bugs to Eat
Many of the bugs people eat are collected directly from the wild, but they can be purchased or even raised at home. In fact, if you are looking for a steady supply of bugs to eat setting up your own breeding facility may be your best bet.
Let’s say you develop a taste for roasted mealworms. And why not they can be stored easily and flavored just like potato chips or popcorn. All you need to raise these delectable morsels is a bin full of wheat bran or laying mash, potatoes or carrots for moisture, and some starter mealworms. In a couple of month you will have thousands of tasty mealworms.
Other insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, and caterpillars are raised in captivity with great success. Many of these are raised for the bait, bird, and reptile markets, but it is becoming more common place to see these shipped overseas as food.
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Raising Bugs For Profit
The pet and bait trades consume trillions of insects each year………….pun intended. Subsequently thousands of backyard insect breeders have popped up in the U.S. . But can raising insects be profitable, let’s take a look at the money.
Now it cost about $1.50 to produce 1,000 crickets which sell for $15. With packaging, electricity, and time let’s say that 1, crickets actually cost $3.00 to produce. That’s a $12 profit. In an average two car garage you could conceivably produce 100,000 crickets a month. That's $1200 a month to feed, clean, sell, and ship Crickets.
Take this a step further. Roasted and chocolate covered crickets cost upwards of $0.40/each. That’s $400/1000 according to my math. Now I'm not saying that you could sell $400,000.00 in chocolate covered crickets a year, but I bet you could sell a few if you marketed them as health food or a novelty.
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Even though eating bugs may not be for you raising them for part or full time income just may be. Just think about the potential to produce food for thousands of hungry reptiles, birds, and fish while earning some extra cash for yourself.
I apologize if the hub bugged anyone, but the insect market is huge and as a protein source bugs are hard to beat.