Futuristic Insect Rearing


Structure for Cricket Rearing
Image: Terraform ONE

An increase in food (especially protein) production will be needed to feed our growing world population. Insect production may be part of the mix. Insects can be processed as food for livestock and other animals or for human consumption.

To advance the technology of insect rearing, insect biologists, architects and designers are all trying to visualize future production facilities. A structure adapted to rearing insects would look quite different from traditional structures that house our livestock today. Terraform ONE, a non-profit architecture firm designed a prototype structure that could be devoted to rearing crickets. The walls of the structure are formed from modular cricket rearing cages. The interior space can serve as a shelter. If the cages were filled with crickets, I can imagine that the noise at night from crickets would be intense. This prototypes will probably not be a final design. It does stimulate discussion and help those with less time to think about it, visualize the future.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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1 Response to Futuristic Insect Rearing

  1. Reblogged this on Adventures in Entomology & Education and commented:
    Last year when I volunteered at the Riverside Insect Fair, I spent the entire day feeding people crickets. Now this might sound disturbing or revolting at first, but it’s not as gross as you might think. A friend of mine made several batches of brownies using what’s called “cricket flour” in place of your typical baking flour. This “cricket flour” is simply made up of crickets ground up into a fine powder. Not only could you not tell the difference by taste, but the crickets added a powerful boost in protein. Up to 10 times the protein, in fact!

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