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No, our products contain insects and can therefore not be classified as vegan or vegetarian. Many vegans and vegetarians we have met accept eating insects since they can help cover important nutritional needs including vitamin B12 and protein; they are sustainable to produce; and because there is a high standard of animal welfare and there is no evidence to suggest that bugs feel pain.
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We only use powdered insects, meaning whole insects that are ground into a fine powder. This makes our products appetising to look at for us Western consumers, and it also has the advantage of giving a high concentration of nutrition.
The insects we currently use are buffalo worms and crickets. Buffalo worms have a nice nutty flavour very similar to peanuts, while crickets have deeper notes of umami. Both are ideal for baking, adding in smoothies or porridges.
The insects we use the most, buffalo worms, come from farms in the Netherlands. The buffalo's are reared vertically in a kind of shelf system, taking up very little space. Crickets are from similar farms. Currently we get our crickets from a farm in Canada.
There have conducted a range of studies to asses the animal welfare of insects. There is no evidence to suggest that insects can be stressed or feel pain.
We think it is great if an individual chooses to be vegan/vegetarian. However, if you want to have a sustainable diet it is more complicated than saying it has to be 100% vegan or vegetarian. Having a sustainable diet means that your are providing your body with all the necessary nutrients for as few resources as possible. Depending on where you get your mango/avocado/soy beans from, it is not necessarily more sustainable than eating bugs, since bugs are very rich in protein, vitamin B12, iron and a range of other minerals and vitamins.
We recommend checking out the EAT-Lancet forum to learn more about having a sustainable diet.
Insects are extremely efficient at turning the feed they eat into more body mass, meaning they grow quickly and reproduce quickly. Our insects come from vertical farms and take up very little space. In that way, it is possible to farm a big amount of insects compared to, for instance, beef, which take up extreme amounts of ressources.
No. The insects are farmed and are not taken from the wild. Eating insects compared to many other protein sources actually helps nature, since it will require less feed, less water and less land.
Different farms use slightly different techniques that are all approved, safe and take animal welfare into account.
Insects are very nutrient-dense, particularly when you compare to how few resources that are required to produce them.
Insects are an animal and therefore the quality of protein is high, with all 9 essential amino acids. This can be a challenge to fulfil if you don't eat any meat.
Insects contain vitamin B12, which is difficult to get from a plant-based diet, as well as a iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc.
Insects contain fibre, unlike all other sources of meat.
All our ingredients are certified organic, expect for the insects. The reason the insects are not certified is because there is lacking EU-regulation on the area and therefore it is not possible to certify them yet. However, the insects we use have been reared without any use of pesticides or antibiotics.
We are a small Copenhagen-based team. The company was founded in late 2016 by insect-researcher, Malena Sigurgeirsdottir and social entrepreneur, Jessica Buhl-Nielsen. Our mission is to create a more sustainable food culture by integrating insects into our diets.