Should You Integrate Insects in Your Diet?

Lori Harvey

Eating insects instead of meat could change our planet’s future and become a new and healthier source of food.


Insects are little creatures full of proteins that are overlooked. A lot of people say that they are the food of the future because they are sustainable, cheap and easy to find. The famous actress Shailene Woodley even said “I think the future of food is in insects.”


There are already two companies in Canada that are crickets farming and experimenting with different kinds of insects to find the best one. There is also a company that already has a site called Naak which makes food such as bars, waffles and energy powder. The consumable insects market is estimated to grow to 6.3 billion dollars by 2030. 


We’ll all be eating them, particularly since that’s the only way to feed a population that will reach 9 billion by 2050. Climate change is accelerating their importance, since our addiction to meat, especially beef, is unsustainable.


Solutions for the food industry will be developed to reduce the consumption of meat and reduce our water consumption as well because insects can help. Edible insects could be the solution to the problem of how to meet the growing global demand for food in a sustainable way.


The most common insects to eat are creepy crawlies such as crickets, caterpillars and silkworms. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation, ”They contain high-quality proteins, vitamins and amino acids for humans”.


 There is a conference on insects in Quebec city called Insects to Feed the World that people can attend online in the month of June 2022.