Worms Beat Beef As Sustainable Protein

Worms Beat Beef As Sustainable Protein

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Forget beef or even milk. If you’re looking for a sustainable and substantial source of protein, mealworms may be the way to go. Compared to a kilogram of edible protein in meat from cows, chickens or pigs, production of the same amount of mealworm protein emits fewer greenhouse gases and requires much less land to grow.

The findings support the argument that environmentally conscious eaters may do well to include beetle larvae in their diets. “This study demonstrates that mealworms should be considered a more sustainable source of edible protein,” the team writes in a paper published in the journal PLoS ONE.

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