Alex Bea ’12, Max Bacharach ’14, and Sebastian Schell ’14
This team is focused on finding an innovative way to offer relief for the nearly one billion people who face chronic food insecurity and the additional two billion who suffer from iron deficiency. Crickeats is dedicated to creating a nutritionally dense food product–made primarily of insects–for sale to aid organizations that feed at-risk populations in developing countries. They are farming crickets in Middlebury and experimenting with processes to transform these insects into an energizing, highly nutritious protein bar. Because of their high iron levels, protein content, and low production costs, insects provide a powerful tool with which developing countries can combat iron and protein deficiencies. Consuming just three crickets a day is enough to satisfy an individual’s daily iron requirements. According to the World Health Organization, eradicating iron deficiency improves national productivity levels by as much as twenty percent.
Their $3,000 grant is enabling Crickeats to conduct nutritional testing and to increase research and development. In addition to the MCSE grant, Bumu will seek out funding from various other sources; Bumu was a semifinalist in the $50,000 Dell Social Innovation Challenge competition.