By 2050, it is estimated that the world’s population could reach up to 9 billion people. It’s already become increasingly difficult to sustain our food systems, as we outgrow our supply and continue to deplete farmland. So what is the answer to this frightening dilemma?
The Swedish firm has designed an alternative to Stockholm’s protein production problem by developing a way to farm large quantities of edible protein within the city’s fabric. “Buzz Buildings,” named in part because of the insects that will call the donut-shaped structures home, are also inspired by the beautiful soundscape created by the thousands of crickets farmed there. In total, there will be nine round structures, skinned in a perforated steel exoskeleton, and located at nine different major intersections in the city. The buildings, 10,350 square meters of farmland, will ultimately be able to provide the projected 940,700 inhabitants of Stockholm by the year 2018, with plenty of bugs to sustain them.
Farming crickets from an egg to their ready-to-eat condition takes the guesswork out of food production. Residents will be able to see where their food is produced and enjoy the delicacy in the same space. (Think picking your lobster out of the tank at a seafood restaurant). More than just a tool for education and food production, these vermin farms are also safe havens for the city’s declining bee population. The interior garden provides the wild bees with a protected habitat and a way for Stockholm to continue to bloom.
While Westerners might cringe at the idea of eating bugs, many other cultures and countries around the world — predominantly in Asia, Latin America, and Africa — eat insects for protein on a regular basis. It really isn’t an insane idea but one that will take a lot of convincing if and when it is implemented in the states. It won’t be something we attempt to do anytime soon, but perhaps we should get some Buzz Buildings just in case?