How Insects Grown in the Lab Can Help the Planet

How Insects Grown in the Lab Can Help the Planet

Meat grown in the lab might not represent your favorite meal, but you know what they say that life is full of surprises. A new study has found that by relying more on such diets, the environment would have some interesting benefits.

According to the BBC, what the study has found is that relying more on ground-up insects and lab-grown meat means that water and carbon emissions would have some benefits. Last but not least, freeing up some land for nature is also a possibility.

Should we leave aside the usual European diet?

Perhaps we all like the typical European diet. We like to chow down on it, especially after we finish work, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But the researchers behind the recent study say that by switching it to ‘greener’ foods, the pressures on our planet would fall by about 80%.

Rachel Mazac of the University of Helsinki explained as the BBC quotes:

With significant reductions in animal-sourced foods and substitutions with novel or future foods and plant-based protein alternatives, you can have significant reductions in environmental impacts in terms of global warming potential, land use and water use.

The Southern European Atlantic Diet (SOAD) represents the traditional diet in many parts of Spain and Portugal. Surprisingly or not, a higher adherence to the diet was associated with reduced risk for myocardial infarction and also with lower levels of some cardiovascular risk factors.


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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