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Want To Save The Planet? A New Study Says Eat More Bugs, Less Meat

By Nicole Caldwell

Solving the climate-change crisis could be as simple as looking underneath your kitchen fly swatter. With animal agriculture accounting for 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is about the same as all modes of transport combined, researchers at the University of Edinburgh set to work looking at alternatives to meat and dairy, Treehugger reports.

Their findings, published in Global Food Security journal, feel a little shocking. By replacing half of animal-based foods with aquaculture, cultured meat, imitation meat and—drum roll, please—insects, we could cut by a third the amount of land used to produce all food on the planet.