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Crickets Bulk Up This Startup’s High-Protein Pasta

When you think about the future of food, one of the key topics of discussion is alternative sources of protein. One of the most hotly discussed alternative protein sources has been bugs. Culturally eaten around the world, they can easily be converted into high protein sources of food.

While not the most appetizing on their own, one startup in Nebraska is aiming to make bugs look and taste great by converting them into pasta.

Bugeater Foods, a small startup company based out of Lincoln, just received a $100,000 USDA grant to turn edible crickets into rice and pasta. Their goal is to make the rice and pasta tasty while still maintaining the high nutritional content that bugs provide.

Apart from being great sources of protein, bugs are also rich in nutrients like fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. By incorporating these into pasta, Bugeater Foods aims to create a nutrient-fortified product that any customer will enjoy, despite the fact that their products are made from insects.

If they are successful, the start-up will secure an additional $600,000 in funding from the USDA to commercialize their product and distribute it to grocery stores, marking a huge investment for a worthy cause in sustainable protein.

Currently, the company sells “Jump” chocolate cricket protein powders, which are available in local supermarkets and online.

As we look towards a future of alternative proteins, it’s important to look at bugs as a viable option. They are rich in nutrients and are much more sustainable than beef or chicken to produce.


Why Crickets Will Be A Part Of Normal Diets Sooner Than You Think

It’s no secret parts of the world are stricken with food shortages. In recent months food production in Venezuela made headlines as major corporations halted operations due to sugar shortages. Could this all be caused by government corruption — or could just be a sign of the times?

Either way, some people are looking for ways to incorporate more sustainable food production practices. While some want to stick with organic crops and self-farming, others are trying to farm and eat insects.

Crickets to be exact.

Thanks to, we get a glimpse of what it might take to produce cricket based flour and other cricket-based food products that might not sound as appetizing as the food we are used to — but could serve as a starting point for more forward thinking food production methods.

As population and consumption rates continue to increase, more alternatives will be needed or famine and droughts will continue to lead to food shortages.

If you need to eat bugs, eat bugs!