On a recent eight-day trek in Kakadu National Park, I developed a taste for green ants. While my fellow trekkers thought I’d “gone troppo”, I was following what Indigenous Australians had done for thousands of years - foraging for easily available nutrition, in this case, vitamin C and antioxidants from the ants’ zesty bottoms.
By Daniel Scott
Then I saw 31-year-old Skye Blackburn on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank, seeking a $170,000 investment from the program’s panel of millionaires for her Edible Bug Shop and realised that I wasn’t the only one with an insect fetish.
Blackburn got her investment money, from Boost Juice founder Janine Allis, and hopes, within 5-years, to release her invertebrates globally.
“I’ve always had a passion for creepy crawlies,” says Blackburn, “and I also have a degree in food science so I’ve combined the two skills and made bugs you can eat.”
Among the Edible Bug Shop’s products are insect flour, high in protein, calcium and iron, with an undetectable taste, “chocolate-coated critters” and chilli and garlic crickets.
With our world struggling to feed its mushrooming population – predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050 – and processed sugars causing obesity and illness, Blackburn’s bugs could provide a sustainable, healthy alternative. Although, when it comes to ant-bums I’d counsel moderation, as consuming too many ants can act as a powerful natural laxative!
Whether or not we’ll see insect degustations in restaurants or cockroaches occupying supermarket shelves, Skye Blackburn’s inspiring story shows how to achieve your dreams and to build toward a secure financial future by thinking not just outside the box but out of the tree too.
This information is current as at 17/08/2015.