SAN FRANCISCO — Megan Miller knows that cockroaches are packed with protein, and she says they can be made into a surprisingly tasty treat. But if that is a bit too avant-garde to believe, do you think you might like crickets if they were “ground up into a powder so you can’t see wings or legs?”
Miller believes you would.
She is the cofounder of Chirp Farms, a start-up firm here that is dedicated to making food like the company’s flagship Chirp bars, which are made of crickets.
While a growing number of start-ups like Chirp Farms have received money from big venture capital firms, exactly how these companies plan to compete with the entrenched giants of the food industry has not been crystal clear.
Nonetheless, they are undeterred. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.