In 2013, the U.N. released a report politely suggesting that people consider using insects to replace some of their animal proteins, because they generate 10 to 100 times less greenhouse gases than, say, pork, and Mother Nature's taking enough hits for us as it is. Kevin took that U.N. report as a call to action. He decided to become a cricket farmer:
"You can get Thai crickets and cricket standards, but, y'know ... they have different food standards. You need to have all your T's dotted and I's crossed when you're selling bugs in the U.S. We actually ended up moving to Ohio for a .27-cent-per-square-foot warehouse. ... We broke ground in April of 2014."
Kevin's is one of the 25-ish new startups in the "convincing people to eat bugs" industry. The edible industry is valued at $20 million a year and growing quickly. Kevin's "farm" consists of many different boxes, each housing 40,000*-ish crickets:
*39,999: Rupert, of Box 3, died shortly before this story was published.