Biologist Federico Paniagua and family eat insects at their farm in Grecia, Costa Rica. Three years ago, he replaced the animal protein in their meals with ants, crickets, cockroaches, beetles and the like, all of which he farms in the Central American country. Photo: Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate Biologist Federico Paniagua and family eat insects at their farm in Grecia, Costa Rica. Three years ago, he replaced the animal protein in their meals with ants, crickets, cockroaches, beetles and the like, all of which he farms in the Central American country. Photo: Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate
Biologist Federico Paniagua and family eat insects at their farm in Grecia, Costa Rica. Three years ago, he replaced the animal protein in their meals with ants, crickets, cockroaches, beetles and the like, all of which he farms in the Central American country. Photo: Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate

Sustainable Living

‘Like potato chips’: he feeds his family ants, crickets and cockroaches, and wants you to consider them as meat substitutes too

  • Bugs are a cheap source of protein, vitamins and minerals, have a low carbon footprint and use less land and water than livestock
  • Biologist Federico Paniagua, who grows edible insects on his Costa Rican farm, invites us to join him for lunch

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Biologist Federico Paniagua and family eat insects at their farm in Grecia, Costa Rica. Three years ago, he replaced the animal protein in their meals with ants, crickets, cockroaches, beetles and the like, all of which he farms in the Central American country. Photo: Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate Biologist Federico Paniagua and family eat insects at their farm in Grecia, Costa Rica. Three years ago, he replaced the animal protein in their meals with ants, crickets, cockroaches, beetles and the like, all of which he farms in the Central American country. Photo: Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate
Biologist Federico Paniagua and family eat insects at their farm in Grecia, Costa Rica. Three years ago, he replaced the animal protein in their meals with ants, crickets, cockroaches, beetles and the like, all of which he farms in the Central American country. Photo: Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate
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