London - Vets are encouraging pet owners to feed their animals insects.
Dog and cat food containing creepy crawlies could reduce the amount of land and water used by farming, the British Veterinary Association said.
Pets are estimated to consume more than 10% of the meat produced globally.
If the protein in pet food were supplemented with insects, this could mean lower levels of methane, which is produced by cows, and less use of fertilisers.
The BVA recently published a new position recommending further research on insect-rearing for pet food.