National Third prize winner

Small Farms

An alternative source of protein in the form of crickets.


Global Edible Insects Market size is poised to exceed $522 million by 2023 according to Global Market Insights, Inc.Small Farms provides a unit that allows people to breed crickets at home for their own consumption in a compact, clean and controlled environment. With the world’s population increasing to nearly 10 billion people by 2050, alternative, sustainable protein sources need to be adopted into our Western diets. Current livestock contribute massively to environmental damage, producing 18% of the worlds GHGs, permanently damaging land, and consuming huge amounts of feed and water. Crickets provide a sustainable source of protein and nutrients, with more protein and less fat than beef while also being high in calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. They are also far less damaging to produce, consuming less feed and water, taking up less space, and producing fewer GHGs.


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  • 2016 Participant
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  • Sustainable Production Systems
  • Ireland

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  • Johnathon Harris (Founder), Éire Smith (Co-founder)

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