Sure, there are a lot of great ways to get your protein fill. However, these four alternative sources may have you reaching for protein powder. Could this be the future of how we fill our protein needs?
The growing consumer demand for protein, and the lack of new farmland to raise more livestock, are making insects a strong possibility as a common future food source.
Our planet is expected to reach nine billion people by 2050. “We’re already using a third of the Earth’s land for raising livestock, and the demand for protein is growing even faster than the population,” says Dr. Aaron Dossey, founder of All Things Bugs LLC. He proposed insects as a nutritional alternative at a recent Symposium at IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Chicago.
Dossey’s company produced roughly 25,000 pounds of cricket powder last year, and has received research grants to look at using insects for food. If insects do enter our food chain, however, they will be raised specifically for food and not snatched from the great outdoors.