Hargol FoodTech featured in FoodTank

Grasshoppers Jump into the United States Food Market

by Brian Frederick, FoodTank (25 May 2017)

Hargol FoodTech grasshoppers in growing facility

Hargol FoodTech grasshoppers in the company’s growing facility in northern Israel.

Hargol FoodTech, the first company to produce large quantities of grasshoppers for human consumption, is now distributing to manufacturers in the United States. Grasshoppers CAN BE a source of healthy protein and nutrients, including iron and Vitamin C. Hargol’s primary product is currently grasshopper flour, and they hope to sell whole grasshoppers and food additives in the near future.

Farming grasshoppers is less damaging to the climate than the meat and dairy industries because significantly less greenhouse gases are produced, production is less resource intensive, and less land is required. Previously, grasshoppers were harvested from nature because they are difficult to grow in captivity. Hargol overcame these hurdles with innovations such as an incubator and vertical infrastructure, adhering to recently approved animal welfare policy recommendations from the United Nations. Read the full interview on FoodTank.

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