Should We All Be Eating Insects To Help The Environment?

Eat crickets, not cows.

That's the gist of the message behind a new video titled "Should We All Be Eating Insects?" The clip, produced by AsapScience, explains why consuming insects over meat is better for the environment and, possibly, for you.

The video is mostly crawling with facts about the eco-friendly benefits of eating certain bugs. For example, did you know that 200 square meters of land are required to grow 1 pound of beef compared to just 15 square meters for 1 pound of crickets? And that it takes 22,000 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of beef, compared to just 1 liter of water for 1 kilogram of crickets?

Chowing down on insects "could actually save the world," entomophagist Daniella Martin told HuffPost Live in a previous report. "I think it's so interesting that something that's so traditionally reviled could actually really make a difference in terms of a lot of the global issues we are facing right now."

The growing evidence that supports an insect-supported diet made at least a temporary believer of Candra Kolodziej, a Michigan woman who ate only live pet store food for a week. (Don't worry; she said she consulted with a doctor first.)

"My experiment was met with equal parts admiration and disgust," she told The Huffington Post about her project, which included dishes like mealworm fries and chocolate-covered crickets.

Well, at least the Earth probably appreciated it.

(h/t Laughing Squid)