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Sustainable Protein

With the farming of animal products responsible for 27% of our water footprint and 18% of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide, and the world population estimated to be around 9 billion by 2050, it’s imperative that we find more effective methods and farming sustainable protein.

Farmed Crickets by Entomo Farms

Cricket flour is the worlds most sustainable protein and Live Longer organic 100% cricket flour is sourced from Entomo Farms in Canada which is the only organically certified cricket farm and processing facility in the world. Entomo Farms have been raising insects for over 12 years and even though their farming techniques are fully free range they have developed a comprehensive science around their farming processes.

Entomo Farms innovation doesn’t stop at raising organic crickets that taste great but also extends to an organic gluten free* range of cricket products. Entomo is also constantly working on environment initiatives ensuring that their cricket farm is constantly at the forefront of sustainable protein practises. 

Entomo farms maintains the highest possible level in food standards ensuring that their products not only exceed food standard regulations but also hold constant levels of protein and most of all, taste the best.

Ethical harvesting

Entomo Farms go above and beyond to ensure that their crickets are free from distress, live in an environment that is set to their optimum temperature, have secluded ‘nest’ areas where they can cluster (as is their nature), and have plenty of food and water that provides them with ideal nutrition.

There is no crowding, pain or discomfort, and the risk of disease is prevented and monitored. An environment is created where the crickets can thrive. They like to be close together, and have a certain density in their group, which is catered for.

There have been many investigations regarding the cognitive abilities of insects, however until there is conclusive proof that insects feel pain, we grant them the benefit of the doubt. To ensure that suffering is eliminated, crickets are euthanized using freezing methods, which cause the insect to hibernate and shut down all nervous systems (exactly like crustaceans).

*Based on international gluten guidelines of 20 parts to a million

Sustainable protein

At Live Longer, we aren’t stuck on farmed crickets as the primary source of sustainable protein but with up to 68.8% protein per volume and one hell of a sustainable story it’s a good start.

In comparison to cows, which require 10kg of feed to produce 1kg of protein, crickets only require 1.7kg. They have a food conversion ratio that puts all livestock to shame and is also superior to chicken. It doesn’t stop there either; crickets are extremely water efficient with 8 litres of water producing 1kg of protein unlike cattle which require 8,350 litres.

Not only that, crickets produce just 2g of CO2 per 1kg of protein, extremely low compared to cattle, which produce up to 2,850g of CO2 per 1kg of protein!

According to the ‘Edible Insects 2013’ report by the UN, if edible insects become part of the mainstream global diet, we could reduce greenhouse gases by up to 18%, and lower the average cost of food globally by 33%.

But more importantly, if a family of four ate one meal a week for a year using cricket protein they would save our planet around 650,000 liters of water annually.

Sustainable packaging

Like the protein that Live Longer sources, we also endeavor to use sustainable packaging where possible, which helps us to reduce the footprint on our environment giving our planet the chance to Live Longer.

The Live Longer Protein Bars are wrapped in three layers of compostable film that lock in freshness, taste, and flavor. Made from sustainably produced wood pulp and GM-free corn sources, in-house testing by the films’ manufacture Econic, states that the film has 97% compostable components, which is within the EN 13432 guidelines (European compostability standards).

Saving our planet one step at a time.