Critter Chomp Challenge

Sunday 6th September

15:30 – 16:00

St Mary’s Church Well, Town Square, Nantwich CW5 5RQ

As populations grow globally and developing countries grow richer, more and more people start adopting Western-style protein-rich diets. Current meat farming practices are unsustainable for our growing population and the ever-increasing demand for meat.

Many think that insects could be a solution to our meat problem – they are high in protein, iron, calcium and trace vitamins and minerals not found in other meats. They’re complete proteins, full of Omega 3s and 6s, with low amounts of cholesterol and fat.

Besides nutritional value, insects are also abundant and environmentally sustainable. Farming and harvesting insects takes very little water and transport fuel compared to livestock, grains and even vegetables. It is significantly more efficient to produce insects that cattle – 100kg of animial feed produces 10kg of beef. The same amount of feed would produce 6 to 10 times that amount in insects. 

2 billion people worldwide regularly eat insects. In some parts of the world, more than 50% of animal protein consumed comes from insects. If more western nations got on board, insects could help to provide a sustainable food source for the future.

The barrier in the West seems to be the disgust factor – and Ant and Dec haven’t helped…the sight of celebrities biting the heads off wriggling insects for public entertainment hasn’t done much to present eating insects as anything more than something to be endured, not enjoyed.

Just as sushi was viewed with distaste and even disgust when it first came to Britain, many believe that by opening our attitudes a little, we can discover what 80% of the world already knows – insects are nutritious and can be delicious.

To raise awareness of this abundant, sustainable food source, we’re proud to unveil the Critter Chomp Challenge in aid of Nantwich Food Bank at 3pm on Sunday 6th September at St Mary’s Church, right in the heart of the Festival.