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Brief Published: 20 Aug 2013

Insect Protein Bars


Brooklyn-based company Exo recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production of its Exo protein bars, which are made using cricket flour. Although the campaign runs until the end of August 2013, funding exceeded the minimum requirement weeks ahead of deadline.

Exo’s fundraising page explains the concept: “Insect protein represents the first viable solution to the global food crisis… [Crickets] produce 80 times less methane than cattle, can reproduce much quicker, and barely require any water or space.”

British TV chef Kyle Connaughton helped create the bars, devising a recipe that includes more conventionally acceptable ingredients such as raw cacao, dates, coconut and almond butter. Modern consumers’ dietary requirements are also taken into account, with gluten-, dairy-, grain- and soy-free product specifications.

For more on alternative protein sources and evolved plant-based diets, see Meat: The Future and Rise of the Vegivore, as well as recent posts on Plant-Based Eggs and Beyond Meat's Chicken-Free Strips. For more on current and emerging food trends, read Global Food & Health Trends 2013-14