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Breeding bugs for food

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An entomologist and food scientist who sells edible bugs has noticed an increase in gym junkies buying her protein rich foods.  

Skye Blackburn spoke to Peter Bell from a farm designed to breed the bugs ready for eating to ensure the crickets and other creepy crawlies are in line with Australian food standards. 

She told 6PR’s Afternoons show that the business started as a bit of fun but has grown into popular source of nutrients for those interested in a health and fitness.    

‘As our business has grown we’ve realised that edible insects are actually really healthy for you, they’re good for the environment, so we’ve shifted our focus to more fitness based customers,’ she said. 

‘We do actually have a cricket protein powder. So basically we dry the crickets and grind them into a really fine powder so it’s good for people that don’t fine whey protein too appealing or they have trouble digesting it. But when you’re looking at this kind of protein as well, it’s kind of a superfood it’s not just a protein.’

Listen to the full interview here…