How to Produce a Sustainable Food Supply Anywhere

Do you want to achieve sustainability through farming or homesteading, but can’t? Is there a mountain of obstacles in the way? Do you live in the city and don’t have the room for cattle? Or don’t have enough money or space to house animals of any kind?

If that’s you, I want to suggest a solution.

In this article, I am going to show you how you can, “Shrink the farm” and create a sustainable food source, in any space and on any budget.

What if I told you that there is a way to raise a sustainable food source at a fraction of the cost. And at one thousandth the space? What if you could do this with less than $200 start-up costs and less than $20 a month? Would you consider it?

The idea I want to introduce you to is both scientifically healthy and resourceful — even revolutionary.

So, (drumroll please).

Enter, Entomology Farming!

“What is entomology?” you might ask.

Entomology is “The branch of zoology concerned with the study of insects.” – Google

So, put two and two together, I am talking about farming insects for consumption.

I know, I know! The idea disgusted me too, at first! But then I tried it and found that it is something I could do. You can see how that went in the video below.

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Now, I would like to share with you why this idea might just save your life when the SHTF.

Specifically, I would like to talk to you about the benefits of farming crickets.

3 Reasons to Consider Cricket Farming

1) Raising crickets is cheaper than other alternatives.

So maybe you are like me, and you want to have a plan for post SHTF. And a sustainable food source is part of that plan. Now plants are a good idea, but maybe you want some protein from different sources other than plants.

So let’s explore our options. Let’s start with beef.

BEEF

Beef is probably one of the most popular protein sources available. Not to mention it is one of the most flavorful. I mean what’s better than a nice tender savory steak, cooked the way you like. A steak cooked so perfectly that you can cut it with a butter knife. The melt in your mouth delicious sensation that comes with every bite. That is wonderful! (Am I making you hungry yet?)

beefAlright, let’s see what it looks like going with beef. First, let’s consider how much it will cost to produce one years’ worth of meat for a small family.

According to studies made by the University of Wyoming1, one cow typically yields about 450 lbs. And according to NPR, the average American eats about 270 pounds of beef per year.2

So, under normal circumstances, if we take a family of 4 for example, that family would have to raise two cows per year to sustain the appetites of all family members.

Notice: Those numbers might change in survival situations. Depending on where one lives, beef might be hard to come by, and one may not subsequently eat as much. Alternatively, if beef is one of the only food sources around, a family could eat more than stated.

The University of Wyoming also said, “The total spent on raising beef is $1,845.86. The same amount of beef purchased in the store is estimated to cost $2,081.25.”3

While it’s great to know that raising beef can be cheaper than buying it from the grocery store, not everyone will find this possible.

3 Reasons beef may not be the best option
  1. Not everyone can fork out the startup fees for a cow for $1800, let alone 2.
  2. Not everyone has the land to keep and maintain for such large animals. If you live in the city, you might not have access to pasture. And, if you plan on renting land, that just adds to your costs for raising cattle.
  3. Not everyone has the time to care for a beast of that size when it comes to feeding two times a day and watching water supply. The time caring for an animal that size can be extensive.

So we’re not ruling out cattle for a sustainable food source, but let’s consider some other options that are cheaper and smaller.

Rabbit

Raising rabbits is an excellent idea.

They are much more affordable than cattle.4

They take up little space comparatively. One could easily fit a rabbit in a 30x36in cage and be alright. Also having rabbits in your front yard eating the grass is much more feasible than having a cow in the front yard. Rabbits win that challenge.

Rabbits also reproduce very quickly. (Like rabbits) According to Mother Earth News “Two does, and one buck should produce 180 pounds of meat per year.” That’s light-years faster than what it takes a cow to reproduce.56

Fun Fact: Female rabbits are called does. Male rabbits are called bucks, and baby rabbits are called kits.Click To Tweet

Even with all the pros of raising rabbits, they still only come to second place on the list. Why’s this? The cost. The cost is less than raising beef no doubt, but it is still expensive as the average annual cost of raising rabbits is about $840-$1020 depending on the size of your colony.

That brings us to the number one seat.

Crickets

Now you still might be thinking that I’m nuts for even considering this source. But stick with me and at least humor the notion of what they have to offer.

Cost

The cost of raising crickets is so minimal it doesn’t even compare.7 Now we are only talking about farming a small herd of crickets. Commercial farming can become expensive. However, farming a small herd of crickets that is still large enough to feed your entire family is pennies on the dollar.

One can purchase all materials for farming crickets for less than $200, and maintain them for less than $20 a week 8

2) Crickets are Easily Sustainable

Sustainability

Crickets have a faster reproductive cycle and thereby provide the most sustainable food source over any other protein source.9

Crickets reproduce at a lightning pace. It only takes six weeks for crickets to go from egg to adult, whereas it takes cattle ten months to develop in the womb! Then, additional months to reach adulthood once born!

Rabbits only bake for about 31 days. However, they need anywhere from 6-9 months to fully mature to reproduce. 1011

That leaves crickets at the top with the fastest reproduction cycle of 6 weeks.

So, crickets reproduce fast and are inexpensive, but why should I choose to farm crickets over traditional livestock?

3) Crickets are High in Nutrients

Nutritional Value

Crickets provide more protein, vitamins, and nutrients than other sources.12 What makes this possible is the use of their hard shell called an exoskeleton. This hard shell contains iron, calcium, and B12 vitamins.

Crickets can be eaten whole or ground up into a powder. This powder is known as cricket flour or cricket protein powder. 13

According to Dr. Axe from health and fitness, “The top five cricket flour benefits are:

  • Helps with bodybuilding
  • Boosts weight loss
  • It’s gluten-free
  • Good source of vitamin B12
  • Provides essential amino acids.”

The fact that one uses the entire insect is another plus for crickets. One can consume more than 80 percent of the real cricket compared to cattle or other livestock.

Although Using cattle and other livestock animals has increased in overall usage, one can still only use a limited portion of the animal.

Plus there is the amount of meat all at one. After butchering a cow, one would have to consume the meat rather quickly or have a place to either freeze it or preserve it. This just adds to the complexity of raising beef for a sustainable food source.

So, in conclusion, crickets are a healthy alternative and more sustainable protein source.14

How To Get Started

Want to get started on your cricket farm today.15

We’ve made it easy by creating an Amazon page of essential items.

Do you farm crickets already?

Tell us about it in the comment section below.

  1. http://www.uwyo.edu/barnbackyard/_files/documents/magazine/2007/winter/freezer-beef-winter-barnyards-2007.pdf
  2. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/06/27/155527365/visualizing-a-nation-of-meat-eaters
  3. http://www.uwyo.edu/barnbackyard/_files/documents/magazine/2007/winter/freezer-beef-winter-barnyards-2007.pdf
  4. http://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Costs_of_rabbit_ownership
  5. http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/breeding-rabbits-zmaz70mazglo
  6. http://www.raising-rabbits.com/sexing-rabbits.html
  7. https://www.quora.com/How-much-does-it-cost-to-grow-crickets-compared-to-growing-cows-for-beef
  8. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.outsideonline.com/1923751/start-cricket-farm-your-closet%3Famp
  9. http://mattprindle.com/day-life-cricket-farmer/
  10. http://florida4h.org/projects/rabbits/MarketRabbits/Activity8_Maturity.html
  11. https://www.southernstates.com/articles/breeding-rabbits-gestation-and-birth.aspx[/note}[note]https://www.google.com/amp/m.wikihow.com/Take-Care-of-a-Pregnant-Rabbit%3Famp%3D1
  12. http://teca.fao.org/read/7927
  13. https://www.google.com/amp/s/draxe.com/cricket-flour/amp/
  14. https://www.google.com/amp/www.menshealth.com/nutrition/crickets-perfect-protein%3Famp
  15. http://chicagoist.com/2014/10/07/we_need_more_cricket_farmers_the_pr.php
  • Stephen Roehrig

    Stephen is an avid outdoorsman, bow hunter, and angler who loves all things manly and is passionate about being prepared to protect and provide for those he loves. He currently resides in Caldwell Idaho with his wife Amanda.

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I’d rather feed the crickets to the chickens, then eat the chickens. stupid.

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