(STUDY FINDS) — HELSINKI, Finland — Eating a handful of crickets may not seem like the equivalent of devouring a juicy steak, but to vegans, there’s little difference. A new study finds that while many omnivores and vegetarians are open to eating insects as part of their diets, vegans remain strict about what they’d consume and would largely be unwilling to feast on bugs.

Eating insects and insect food products is being more widely touted as a way to reduce the environmental damage of meat production on our ecosystems. Food made from insects has a much lower ecological footprint than meat products, making it more enticing as more people share concerns about climate change. Due to their high nutrition content, insects can be a sustainable supplement or even alternative to more common sources of dietary protein.

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