Human beings took more than 40 years to figure out the way of raising pigs, cattle, and chickens. The insect farmers of North America are beginning to understand crickets. We are still not sure whether people of the West would ever eat bugs.
Trina Chaisson and James Ricci pioneered this research by setting up an Ovipost in San Francisco. It is being used in Silicon Valley to manage cricket egg-laying and counting. With the Ovipost, the farmers reduce the production cost, as there is no labour required for the managing task now.
If we wish to improve our current food system, we must reduce the production cost. Chiasson says that the production cost of crickets is higher compared to that of chicken.
She discovered a farm that employed innovative ways to grow and keep crickets. The crickets were kept there in a giant plastic bin. Each bin contained a stripe of slick packing tape that was too slippery for crickets to cross. That is how they were storing thousands of crickets.
Farming crickets is not an easy job, but it is a fruitful one. There are 30 to 40 major sellers in the US who are selling these insects as human food.