What does rock climbing have to do with edible insects? Not much until this September, when I am load up my car with hundreds of pounds of climbing gear and thousands of edible insects, and set sail for Yosemite, California. There I will spend two weeks alone, thousands of vertical feet above the ground climbing the infamous El Capitan – eating only food made with bugs.
Solo big wall climbing is grueling. Burning upwards of 5000 calories per day, bugs make the perfect protein-rich nutritious big wall food to keep me going for 2 hard weeks. Edible insects are also delicious – with a massive culinary, ecological, and humanitarian potential that we are only beginning to realize. This is why the edible insect industry has exploded in the last year, with a new startup joining the industry nearly every week.
The BugWall climb is the perfect test for the fledgling movement. If bugs can power my grueling two week ascent of El Capitan, then perhaps they should earn a spot at your table too. To take this message beyond the bug wall, I have teamed with nearly every member of the North American edible insect industry who have donated the perks offered in this BugWall – Little Herds Indiegogo campaign to raise money for edible insect education programs.
Thousands of dollars worth of products have been donated from nearly every company making edible insect food in the US and Canada. This campaign is a great way to support the childrens edible insect outreach efforts of Little Herds and try some bars, cookies, granola, cricket flour, whole roast insects and much more. All perks will ship before mid November, so this is a great time to stock up on sustainable stocking stuffers.
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Who Benefits from the Campaign?
Little Herds is an Austin-based nonprofit that has organized dozens of outreach events to educate the public about sustainable, nutritious, and delicious edible insects. The BugWall – Little Herds Indiegogo campaign not only furthers the outreach efforts of Little Herds, but showcases a nearly complete range of edible insect foods available in North America thanks to these generous donations of this exciting new industry.
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