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Mealworms produce more edible protein per acre than traditional meats

Recently published research comparing the environmental impact of meat production on a mealworm farm to traditional animal farms has found that mealworm farms use similar amounts of energy require but less land per unit of edible protein produced. In addition, mealworm farming produce less greenhouse gases than chick, beef or pork farms.

The authors suggest that mealworms and other edible insects could therefore provide a much more efficient system of meat production than traditional meats, making a valuable contribution to sustainable ways to feed the world’s ever-growing population.

Story source: ScienceDaily, 19 Dec 2012

Journal Reference:Dennis G. A. B. Oonincx, Imke J. M. de Boer.Environmental Impact of the Production of Mealworms as a Protein Source for Humans – A Life Cycle Assessment. PLoS ONE, 2012; 7 (12): e51145 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0051145

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