For a sustainable lunch, here’s how to grow edible insects at home

There are a lot of good reasons to start eating insects. First of all, they provide us with necessary nutrients: adult locusts, mealworms and grasshoppers have comparable levels of protein to raw beef. Secondly, insects release fewer greenhouse gases than traditional livestock. Did you know that rearing traditional livestock accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions? But where to get these insects to eat, and how to prepare them? A new campaign on Kickstarter has the answer: The world’s first desktop hive for edible insects. If the campaign is successful, you can buy one of these new home farming gadgets and grow bugs for lunch or dinner on your desk. The desktop hive is designed by the Austria-based designer Katharina Unger to raise mealworms (beetle larva), and it should be possible to eat from it several times a week.

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For a sustainable lunch, here’s how to grow edible insects at home

There are a lot of good reasons to start eating insects. First of all, they provide us with necessary nutrients: adult locusts, mealworms and grasshoppers have comparable levels of protein to raw beef. Secondly, insects release fewer greenhouse gases than traditional livestock. Did you know that rearing traditional livestock accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions? But where to get these insects to eat, and how to prepare them? A new campaign on Kickstarter has the answer: The world’s first desktop hive for edible insects. If the campaign is successful, you can buy one of these new home farming gadgets and grow bugs for lunch or dinner on your desk. The desktop hive is designed by the Austria-based designer Katharina Unger to raise mealworms (beetle larva), and it should be possible to eat from it several times a week.

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