Grasshoppers - sustainable, healthy protein to feed a hungry world
|Hargol FoodTech is the first in the world to grow grasshoppers on a commercial scale, year-round with high and constant quality|
|Dror Tamir, Co-founder & CEO Hargol FoodTech, dror@Hargol.com|
|October 16, 2019|
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) estimates that the world needs to increase its food production by 70% by 2050, to feed a global population of over 9 billion, while existing protein sources – cereals, meat, dairy, fish – are reaching their limits, putting pressure on natural resources and damaging the environment. In order to address this problem, there is high demand for alternative proteins that are healthier, more sustainable, and affordable for populations around the globe. Scientists have conducted numerous studies proving the importance of protein ingredients in maintaining a healthy body.
Research done in leading universities has already demonstrated the health benefits related to grasshopper consumption, and given their minimal foot print –reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 98.8%, reducing water consumption by X1,000, reducing arable land usage by X1,500 times to produce 1kg of protein compared to beef – grasshoppers have started to attract consumer interest in developed countries.
For example: for the last 3 seasons visitors to the Mariners ball park in Seattle can enjoy a snack of whole roasted grasshoppers, and a growing number of restaurants in North America and Europe have added grasshopper dishes to their menus.
This article was published in the special issue for FWD 2019