World’s 10 Most Disgusting Yet Profitable Insects & Reptiles Farming

Farming is one of the principal occupations of the world. No matter how advanced the food industry has become today at artificial produce, farming hinges the hungry to the vital energy needed for survival. In this regard, if farming is going wild and extends beyond our regular staple to breeding most disgusting breeds of insects and reptiles, I have to rethink if staying hungry is a better option. In fact, why don’t you pick your favourite delicacy from the below menu?

10. Wasp Farming

According to an experimental study in Brazil, wasps are valuable for farmers. The wasps feed on the fall armyworms that infest the maize and the borers that damage the sugarcane crop. The common wasps are considered a sustainable replacement for toxic pesticides that degrade the quality of the harvest and poses a threat to human consumption. Talking about consumption, in Japan, farmers breed wasps for a different purpose altogether. The Japanese love eating the wasps. They also celebrate wasps as seasonal wild food. 

9. Ghost Moth Farming

Caterpillar fungus is a fungal parasite of ghost moth larvae (caterpillars) that inhabits the grasslands of central Asia. Ghost moth farming stretches from the Tibetan plateau but to the Qilian Mountains in the south to the highlands of northwestern Yunnan Province, and west to Uttarakhand state in the Indian Himalaya. At an elevation of 9,800, ghost moth thrives up to a recorded height of17,000 feet in Bhutan. There have been murders amongst the tribes over ghost moth procurement because it outworths platinum. Currently assumed to be on the verge of extinction, ghost moth farming is undergoing scientific speculation because humans need the aphrodisia!

8. Leech farming

Leeches are essential in the investigations of brain disorders as leeches have a whopping 32 brains (really wish I had one extra)! Anyway, so leech farming is a traditional method, quite exotic to the UK, of letting leeches suck the shit out of your body, I mean impurities. Based in Hendy, South Wales, UK,  Biopharm-Leeches boasts of supplying medicinal leeches since 1812 while Leeches Turkey is in the business since 1998. Check out the various types of leeches that are farmed in the US here. Of course, China has a great setting for leech farming, and you can find that out on Alibaba. 

7. Caterpillar Farming

In West Africa, caterpillar farming provides nutrition to the most impoverished families. Researchers inform that caterpillars have high levels of protein and micronutrients like iron and zinc, which makes it suitable for compensating dietary needs for survival. No matter how much you hate these bristly creatures but they support our people in extreme hunger crisis and therefore deserve applause. Who knows that by 2050, as per UN’s prediction, the nine billion people on earth may have to resort to caterpillars and those who’ll be the dealers, may zoom across the eyes in fancy Lamborghinis. For sure, we will be much behind Burkina Faso, then. Source: BBC

6. Dung Beetle Farming

The dung beetle that navigates with the help of stars came into limelight once again in the opening of 2019, courtesy the Astronomy magazine. This “lowly” creature’s “heavenly” connection serves the ranchers and the farmers in aerating cow dung responsible for greenhouse emissions. Dung beetles help reduce flies and parasites, increase soil fertility, and aid effective water-cycling. In Huangfuchuan watershed in Inner Mongolia, North China, an assemblage of 6169 dung beetles have been introduced to prevent soil and water loss, protect natural grasslands, and feed the larger herbivores. Source: ResearchGate

5. Snake Farming

Snake farms exist in many parts of the United States, Thailand, and China. A wide variety of them is farmed for the production of anti-venom drugs. Snakes save money for the farmers by preying on pests that damage their crops. Despite the apparent fear that humans reserve toward snakes, snake farming has a high stake in China’s booming economy. In Xinshi Town’s Zisiqiao Village, snake farming is in vogue since the 1970s. At that time, the cumulative income of the village was only about 100,000 yuan. Now, the snake farming industry accounts for 80 million yuan a year. Considering a move to China? 

4. Mosquito Farming

Have mosquitoes been ever any useful? You ask since mosquitoes are vectors of malaria, the Zica virus and other deadly pathogens. The ever clever capital of the world, China has come up with a solution to it, and that is mosquito farming! A group of researchers in Guangzhou, China, infects the laboratory-bred male mosquitoes with a bacteria that inhibits the Zika virus and render them impotent. So when these male mosquitoes are out for mating, to the dismay of the female mosquitoes, there is no procreation. Overall, that’s China’s no-child strategy for the mosquito population. Source: The Washington Post

3. Ant Farming

Can you imagine ants on sale? Check this e-commerce site with a variety of ants on display. Dear, ant farming is a serious business, and it has got a name — formicarium. Those who study ants, whether as a hobby or a study, are called myrmecologists. Check this story by Arizona State University and decide if you can forgive all the ants that were ever unjust to you. Although China does have a considerable market for ant farming, according to many biodiversity reports, Australia is the world’s largest ant fauna with 300 genera and about 15,000 species and subspecies of ants. Source: AntWiki

2. Snail Farming

Snail farming is also known as heliciculture. It provides for the pharmaceutical industry, the cosmetic industry, and food for everyday human consumption. If you are wondering which cosmetic products are using the snail slime, you have a reason to start new research and if you are an animal lover, call the PETA and save this innocuous species from being exploited. Anyway, snail farming is quite popular throughout parts of America, Europe, Africa, and of course, China. In Nigeria, snail farming is a lucrative industry where farmers profit in millions with very little capital at stake.

1. Cockroach Farming

Finally, for me, China tops the chart for breeding the maximum variety of insects and reptiles. China’s got the world’s largest cockroach farming industry. Eww, I feel like soaping my keyboard as I talk about this despicable insect. No wonder why Kafka was insoluble for me. In Sichuan Province of China, farmers breed an average six billion adult cockroaches a year for medicinal use. I would rather die of the disease that would require me to swallow cockroach soup, or am I just exaggerating? I never tried cockroach, but maybe they are delicious?

Seriously, for me, cockroach farming wins maximum disgust. Is it the same for you or are there better contenders from the list that you can discuss in the comments?

2 thoughts on “World’s 10 Most Disgusting Yet Profitable Insects & Reptiles Farming”

  1. Wow! Didn’t know of many in this list, although I did see a documentary on bee farming in the US for the honey industry.

    1. Thank you, Shobhana. Bees for apiculture is sane as the honey industry thrives on it. When I got to know about these, I was like, really? Hah hah

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