As a person with a passion for simple and sustainable living, the act of eating insects resonates with me and gives me so much hope for humans. Our planet isn’t able to support us all if we (especially Westerners) continue to rely on beef, fish, and poultry as our main source of protein, B-12 and DHA/EPA. The farming of insects requires WAY less water and other resources to produce the same amount of nutrition, if not more. I am excited about it because anyone can farm them! Unlike a regular farm, insect farming is accessible to people with a low-income, people without access to land, and people who don’t have the physical abilities that most farms demand. After specializing in sustainability education in Graduate school, I wandered around trying to find my place within the sustainability movement. I thought that getting involved in the earthen housing movement would be an effective way to help people reconnect with the earth and help them understand the burden conventional housing places on the planet, but the more I got involved the more I realized that access to land is an obstacle that most people cannot overcome. I could get involved in helping people learn how to garden using permaculture principles, but what is the point if more and more people don’t have access to dirt? Having an eco-hostel and farm is still a dream of mine, but until I can find a way to acquire land, I want to make a difference and give back to the earth and my community all that I have learned.
In the permaculture world, people often say, “the problem is the solution.” I have wanted a hostel for so long because I wanted people to have a real life example of what it means to be living in a reciprocal relationship with nature. My problem though has been that I do not have access to land. But that is my solution!!!!!!!! I didn’t realize that until recently. I don’t have access to land and neither do most other people. I feel that leading other people into the world of entomaphagy is a way for me to do the greatest amount of good, with the smallest amount of resources. By farming insects in my own home, which is currently a greyhound bus, I can give people a real life example of what it means to be living in a reciprocal relationship with nature. I don’t need land to teach that.
I will keep you posted as a become an insect farmer:) I have taken the first step and have purchased the equipment I need to begin, now I just need to order my Mealworms. (I am starting with Mealworms because unlike Grasshoppers, they can’t escape as easily!).
The title of this post is “A Leader is Simply the Person who Goes First.” Even though I am not the first person to embark on the adventure of insect farming and eating, I am the first person that many of you know to do such a thing. The western world just needs people like me to show them what the rest of the world already knows to be true: that insects are economical, EXTREMELY nutritious, good for the environment, and very delicious.