Cricket farming varies depending on what species is being bred. In China most farming is done for cricket fighting, while in the United States farming is primarily done with the AchetaDomestica and used primarily for food for other animals, or bait. In southeast Asia some cricket farms are used mainly to breed crickets for human consumption. The annual earnings of cricket farming has not been disclosed, but it is estimated at well into the multimillion dollar range as single farms make well into the millions here in the United States.
Zoos and other organizations are attempting to breed nearly extinct species back into the world. These attempts have garnered some favorable results that have spread around the world.
Fig. 7 Jiminy Cricket
Crickets have enjoyed quite a run in popular culture, thanks in part to Disney. Jiminy Cricket being the most notable as well as the cricket in Mulan. The sound of crickets chirping has also become a popular sound for a failed joke. Crickets are also a favorite for many children's books and television shows.
Fig. 8 Deep fried Crickets
In our Diet
Crickets remain a staple of many countries diets and is considered a delicacy in some. They can be prepared a number of ways. For instance in Cambodia they are deep fried after the insects are thoroughly cleaned.
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