With the expected 70% rise in demand for animal source protein over the next decades, and with existing animal source protein taking a big toll on the environment, there is a need for alternative proteins that are healthy, sustainable, and affordable for populations around the globe. In recent years, insects have become recognized as a leading alternative protein source.
Grasshoppers Offer Many Advantages over Other Protein Sources:
1. Superior nutrient content as compared to other animal source protein and other insects; enhanced by their vegetarian diet.
2. A sustainable source of protein: 20X more sustainable than beef.
Today, grasshoppers are already the world's most widely eaten insect. However, they are mostly collected in the wild and have limited seasonal availability. Due to the high demand and limited availability grasshopper's market prices skyrocketing.
Steak TzarTzar developed technologies and methods to grow commercial quantities of grasshoppers at affordable costs. The company is developing smallholder farmer kits that will enable East-African farmers to year-round grow grasshoppers while improving their families diet as well as their household income by selling excess grasshoppers.
Steak TzarTzar's innovation prevents significant food waste as it spreads grasshopper's availability from 4-6 weeks only to entire year, enabling farmers offer fresh grasshoppers.
Further steps being developed is a processing plant that will be able to absorb unsold grasshoppers while securing farmers income and processing the grasshoppers into high nutrient protein powder with up to 2 years shelf life.