The new 'superfood' trend that sees worms, bugs and crickets on the menu

Just south of Perth, among the cattle properties, is a farm that breeds bugs purely for human consumption.

You can expect to start seeing more worms and crickets on menus if an unusual farm called Grubs Up has any say in the matter.

Bugs, rich in protein, are the new superfood. Source: 7 News

Insects are now being touted as the world's next superfood and WA is at the centre of the latest food fad, coming soon to a plate near you.

Insects are considered to be the food of the future. Source: 7 News

Down in Coolup, just past Mandurah, Paula Pownall runs Grub's Up, WA's first bug farm.

"There's pressure for change with the global population rising and it's really, really important that we find a difference source of protein for us and for animals", she says.

Paula Pownall is at the forefront of the bug food revolution. Source: 7 News

Food critic Rob Broadfield agrees.

"Insects are actually extraordinarily good for you in terms of protein, which is why they were appropriated hundreds of years ago by people in poverty in the back blocks of Thailand and China," he says.

"The protein's amazing and there's no greater source."

Food critic Rob Broadfield says there's no greater source of protein. Source: 7 News

Bugs can contain more than 69 per cent protein, they are high in folate, iron, vitamin b12 and have nine essential amino acids.

A 100 gram steak has 26 grams of protein, while 100 grams of cricket has 70.

The statistics are startling. Source: 7 News

But don't think about roasting insects at home, because you could end up with ecoli or salmonella.

Intrepid reporter Rebecca Nicholls tries out the taste. Source: 7 News

Otherwise, they're considered a nice, crunchy snack - good for you and good for the environment too.