Newswise — MADISON, Wis. — As a cheap and easy source of protein for humans, it might be hard to beat the mighty mealworm.
—The capacity of insects like mealworms to convert feed to body mass exceeds that of traditional livestock such as beef by orders of magnitude.
—Mealworms are 100 percent edible, whereas only about 40 percent of a cow or 55 percent of a chicken can be consumed.
—Microlivestock such as mealworms take up little space and require little water.
—Mealworms can be reared on less feed and using organic byproducts such as corn leaves and stalks.
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