Insects Could Be the Sustainable Food of the Future – The Bug Grub
Innovative Welsh couple Sarah and Andy have spent the last four years building the foundations for their new venture in the UK’s smallest city, St Davids in Pembrokeshire. Sarah, an Oxford University scientist and farmer, founded the award-winning Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm on her original family farm in 2013. The Bug Farm is a research and education centre focusing on the importance of bugs and how we can produce food efficiently and sustainably.
The documentary shows that bugs use up very little water and can eat waste products, while other animals need feed from edible arable crops. The challenge for the couple is to change people’s perceptions of bugs from creepy crawlies to edible, sustainable and tasty food.
First Minister of Wales Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM features in the documentary and shares his thoughts on bugs as a new and sustainable source of protein. He thinks it’s just a question of “broadening people’s minds” and the industry could be a benefit to Wales.
The programme follows Sarah and Andy as they take their ambitious plans to the next stage by taking Andy’s dishes out of the restaurant and into the mainstream by launching their new food brand Cricket CookiesTM. They also travel to the Netherlands to meet large-scale insect farmers and have their products tested by top food scientists.
The Bug Grub Couple will be broadcast on Monday 7 August at 7.30pm on BBC One.