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Mealworms to Become Protein of the Future

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December 20, 2012
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Mealworms could replace chicken, beef and pork as the protein of the future, according to researchers in the Netherlands. They say the beetle larvae are much more sustainable than traditional animal protein, creating less greenhouse gas and requiring half the amount of energy.


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