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Save the Earth: I think I'll go eat worms?

Oh my! To save the planet would you slash your food budget and eat bugs? You can read the full story here and check out the creepy crawly video below.

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Mealworms and spring onions are stir-fried to be used in a quiche at the Rijn IJssel school for chefs in Wageningen Jan. 12. All you need to do to save the rainforest, improve your diet, better your health, cut global carbon emissions and slash your food budget is eat bugs. Mealworm quiche, grasshopper springrolls and cuisine made from other creepy crawlies is the answer to the global food crisis, shrinking land and water resources and climate-changing carbon emissions, Dutch scientist Arnold van Huis says. To attract more insect-eaters, Van Huis and his team of scientists at Wageningen have worked with a local cooking school to produce a cookbook and suitable recipes.

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Max Kipp, a student at the Rijn IJssel school for chefs, stir-fries mealworms with spring onions to be used in a quiche in Wageningen, Jan. 12.

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A student prepares mealworm quiches at the Rijn IJssel school for chefs in Wageningen, Jan. 12.

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A participant in the lecture, Duygu Tatar, reacts after eating an insect snack (meal worm quiche) during a break in the lecture given by Professor Arnold van Huis at the University of Wageningen, Jan.12.

July 24, 2009: Crumbled meal worms. Sauted crickets. Ant eggs. Hungry yet? Marc Dennis, founder of Insects Are Food, explains how eating these dishes could help the environment. Msnbc.com's Becca Field puts it to the test.