Sunday July 12, 2015

Cricket farmer says his crop could help solve world food shortage

A new option for your post-workout protein boost from Manitoba start-up.

A new option for your post-workout protein boost from Manitoba start-up.

Listen 13:44

If you're of a certain vintage, you probably remember ant farms. Hawked from the back of comic books, for a few bucks stuffed in an envelope, you'd get your very own in the mail. You were promised hours of fun, watching ants doing their thing. Well, get ready for cricket farms. They don't come in the mail, and the crickets aren't for watching - they're for eating. And they just might be the next big thing in agriculture. Or so says Darren Goldin, of Next Millennium Farms in Campbellford, Ontario. 

Last year, in a bit of spare time, Darren read a United Nations report on the state of world food production, which hailed insects as a healthy nutritious alternative to mainstream staples. Darren saw the future. It was crickets. And he was willing to bet the farm on it.

Sunday Edition producer Frank Faulk went to Next Millennium Farms to find out what all the chirping is about. Frank's documentary is called, "Jiminy Cricket - I'm hungry!"

Frank Faulk eating crickets

Producer Frank Faulk gets ready to eat a spoonful of crickets. (Talin Vartanian)

This documentary was first broadcast in February.