Compost With Crickets…And Then Eat Them?

WFA member, Julie P., recently shared an intriguing BBC article with the group called “‘Cricket compost box’ tackles food problem.”.

I’ve certainly come across the idea of eating crickets before (and am secretly interested in trying them some time – just don’t tell my wife! lol), but this is actually the first time I’ve seen mention of using crickets to process waste materials.

Before I get too worried (lol) about them eclipsing Red Worms and Black Soldier Flies in terms of popularity (and talent), I’d like to get some approximate figures on how much they can actually process. My hunch is they won’t compare. But still, this is pretty darn cool!

Here is a blurb:

A Canadian university student seems to have come up with a novel way to grow his own food and compost his rubbish at the same time – using crickets.

Jakub Dzamba’s invention allows you to raise and eat your own batch of crickets every two months, CBC news reports. He keeps his crickets in a clear plastic box in his kitchen, feeding them scraps of rubbish that might otherwise go onto a compost heap. The crickets are harvested by putting them in the freezer, where Dzamba says they are “euthanised” and can be cooked like any other frozen food.

Be sure to check out the full article here: “‘Cricket compost box’ tackles food problem.” and the CBC News article it is based on here: “McGill student develops at-home cricket farms

And…if anyone is trying EITHER of these practices as home, please let us know in the comments section below!

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    • John W
    • August 29, 2014

    Nothing says “painless death” like being frozen. 🙂

    • Bentley
    • August 29, 2014

    ?? “Let it go, let it go…feel your guts freeze nice and sloooow!” ??


    • Bentley
    • August 29, 2014

    Darn – my little notes got switched to question marks!! lol

  1. In my opinion you’d need a really special system, as a large cricket colony [which would be the only way to process anything in bulk] would start to stink up, especially if not maintained on a daily basis [or almost daily].

    Not the best option, Red wigglers are much better and less smelly!

  2. 🙂

    • John Duffy
    • August 31, 2014

    If anyone needs some crickets to get started, come see me. For some reason, I have what seems like a gazillion of the little buggers in my yard this year.

    • meryt
    • September 8, 2014

    regardless of if it works better than vermicompost or not guess which one is quieter? I used to have a pet frog who ate crickets and they get out and get into the house and they don’t live long but while they are alive they can keep a light sleeper awake. I prefer worms for that reason aloe.

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