Fresh water is a limited resource. Of all the water on earth only 3% is fresh and only 1% is accessible to the people, plants and animals that need it to live. Considering most of us only have to turn on the tap for a cool drink it’s hard to imagine ever running out. But as the world’s population booms and our water needs increase, water shortages are becoming a reality and saving water is necessary for a sustainable future.
So how can crickets help save water? It starts with food.
About 70% of all fresh water used is for agriculture to grow crops and raise livestock. That means everything you (or your pets) eat costs water and animal protein is the most water intensive because livestock, like cattle, pigs and chickens, consume water from crops as well.
To put this into perspective, producing a kilogram of corn uses 1,220 liters, a kilo of chicken uses up 4,330 liters and a kilo of beef requires a whopping 15,400 liters of water.
When it comes to our pets, that means a 10kg bag of premium pet food made with beef costs about 110,000 liters of water*. Over the course of a year a 60lb dog (or your average Labrador Retriever) eating three cups a day will go through approximately 1.68 million liters of water in pet food!
Crickets can help save water by providing a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative protein. While still considered an animal protein, a kilogram of crickets only requires about 8.5 liters of water to produce. That means the same 10kg bag of dog food made with crickets uses less than 22 liters of water while still providing all the health benefits of a beef-based meal and more with higher mineral levels and prebiotic fiber you won’t find in traditional protein sources.
Supplementing any part of your pet’s diet with a cricket-based pet food or treat is a healthy and easy way to lower your environmental impact and help save water for future generations of people and their pets!