Understanding the use case of farming crickets in developed countries

Currently, farming crickets is quite labor intensive.

No wonder that if you compare prices, in developed countries you get crickets at say \$100/kg, while in Thailand they cost under \$2/pound, in an e-shop \\$29/kg which comes close to production cost in a developed country.

Nevertheless, there are quite many cricket farms for human food opening in developed countries.

Why?

• Have you don't research on the socio-economy demands? Thailand is well known for its advanced tropical fish breeding industry. In addition, online-store usually markup steeply on exotic products. Aug 24 '18 at 9:32
• @mootmoot the question is actually, what's the point to breed crickets in industrial countires if you can't (yet) produce them cheaper than meat, esp. where labor cost is so high and optimization is really tough Aug 24 '18 at 9:36
• In Thailand , crickets are good fish nutrients. In fact, it is easier to process fish meat than extracting cricket protein. Aug 24 '18 at 9:39
• @mootmoot so would you say it's just (ideological?) hype with crickets? like, industrial fish breeding makes far more sense economically seen, and is sustainable enough? Aug 24 '18 at 9:40
• For fish farming : you need to fish the feed, and somebody must growth the protein to feed the fish Aug 24 '18 at 9:48