From a sustainability perspective, these crackers are a no brainer. “At the moment, we have a big problem with our food system and this will only get worse in the future,” says Francesco. Our current diets rely heavily on meat, a highly land-intensive and energetically inefficient source of food. With the human population expected to rise by two billion people by 2050, this scale of meat consumption is far from being sustainable.
Insects, on the other hand, are a whole other ball game. “They are very easy to farm and only use a fraction of the resources that other animals need, if you consider water, energy, food, land…” Francesco explains. “They can even be farmed vertically, so you can cultivate them almost anywhere, even in cities,” he continues. In terms of emissions, crickets produce less than 0.1% of the greenhouse gases that cows produce. Ultimately, insects present a good ratio between the resources required, the environmental impact, and the nutrition gained, compared to other animals.
For the time being, Small Giants want to keep their focus on savoury snacks. Having already won two ‘Great Taste’ awards with their Rosemary & Thyme and Turmeric & Paprika cracker bites, they clearly have it down in that department. Francesco says they want to introduce gluten-free crackers, using corn instead of wheat flour, and experiment with more flavours. With their tasty cricket treats, the young snacking company is here to feed all the “planet-positive eaters” and do their bit to change the world.