Most of the time, when we present JIMINI’S and our edible insects, a lot of people ask us if we farm the insects or if we catch them in the wild. This question alone tells us that we still have a lot of work to do in explaining our activity.

Raised insectes and caught insects 

Today, 2 billion people regularly eat insects, it’s a fact. In many countries, insects have been eaten in a traditional way for thousand of years and local populations generally take the insects from the wild with no hygiene and traceability requirements. The issues with taking insects from a natural environment have many potential risks such as contamination with heavy metals, pesticides and parasites… Not cool at all!

Those specialised farms in the EU are subject to strict regulation and sanitary control which makes sure companies have improved production methods whilst maintaining optimum quality. This involves regular monitoring concerning the facility for the food, but also an environment which affords complete isolation from the outside to avoid pollution and parasites as well as perfect controlled conditions in the production process with expertise that is not accessible to everyone!

To conclude, it’s better to avoid eating insects from your garden because they might have been exposed to all kind of pesticides, parasites and pollution that you would not like to find on your plate or indeed in your body! 

Insects for human consumption or animal consumption, what's the differences?

There is a very big difference indeed! Insects that you find in animal stores are not intended for human consumption. Even if the type of insect is the same, it is in the food they are raised on and in their processing which is different. Indeed, insects raised for animal consumption don’t receive the same food and do not have the same conservation treatment as edible insects which make them unfit for human consumption. Finally, worth noting, those insects for animal consumption are mainly sold alive, so unless you believe you a lizard, we advise you to avoid this option.