Insect protein is becoming a big food trend and companies are finding ways to grow lots of them. To achieve this, Aspire Food Group has turned to a system of robots.
Crickets like many other insects are a fantastic source of protein, provided you can find the courage to eat one. On the other hand, beef, which provides a huge part of proteins in our food, is linked to many environmental and sustainability challenges.
Cricket company Aspire has a plan to tackle this dilemma. The Austin, Texas-based company wants to create massive cricket farms, with its sole purpose to produce, feed, and harvest the insects and turn them into food people can eat.
Their facility is a 25,000-square-foot R&D center that automates the process of breeding and raising crickets for food.
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The Aspire team studied how crickets respond biologically to intensive production, and then began focusing on cost-effectiveness. Their system uses a robotic module that travels around the farm, depositing the ideal amount of food. Sensors use machine learning and AI to monitor how the insects eat and when they need more.
The crickets mate and lay eggs in a dedicated breeding space, then the hatched eggs are moved to a bin where they grow until harvest. Getting it right with insect food will almost certainly cut down on the worryingly large carbon and land footprints of beef.
The business case for Crickets? In the business of farming insects, crickets stand out for numerous reasons. The general public is increasingly becoming aware of their functional nutritional benefits: crickets are extremely high in protein, iron and magnesium. They also contain all the essential amino acids, which is important in terms of human consumption and what matters to the consumer: Read more
Which Countries eat Crickets? Bugs have been a staple of Japan’s cuisine for centuries due to their abundance. In fact, during rough agricultural and economic times, insects were the main means of survival for many rural populations. Today, bugs are becoming a more common sight on Japanese menus: Read more
Links: Aspire Food Group
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