AI can now farm crickets (and hopefully solve world hunger in the process)

The increasing population of the earth and the uneven distribution of natural resources are pushing the planet towards food insecurity crisis.

One solution to the problem is adding an unusual ingredient to our diet: cricket.

Pests have a high protein content and low environmental footprint that can provide a sustainable alternative to meat and fish.

They There may not be the most glamorous appearance, but looks can be deceiving: Wicket is noted for its micronutrient taste, crisp texture and exquisite astringency.

At least, that’s what I’m told. My religious beliefs forbid me to indulge in apathy – but that does not mean you have to miss. And thanks to AI, chirpy critters can get to your plate sooner than you think.

A team led by the Aspire Food Group plans to bring organisms from farm to thorn by building the world’s first fully automated insect manufacturing site.

This will then be converted into food products including protein powders and bars.

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The project marks the first time industrial automation, IoT, robotics, and AI will be deployed in indoor vertical agriculture with climate-controlled, living organisms.