A study says that consuming lab-grown meat or ground-up insects might reduce carbon emissions and water use while also providing more space for natural habitats.

Environmental pressures would be lowered by more than 80% if such foods were consumed instead of the typical European diet, according to scientists. Consumers’ willingness to adjust their eating habits is, however, unknown. A wide range of non-traditional meals is being produced to provide environmentally friendly diets that are high in protein, less in water, and land. The nutritional qualities of several of these things were studied, as well as three environmental pressures: water usage, land use, and possible carbon emissions. They say that replacing meat, dairy, and other animal products with alternative foods can reduce these consequences by more than 80% while simultaneously providing a more comprehensive spectrum of critical nutrients than a strictly vegetarian or vegan diet.

The study, which appeared in the journal Nature Food, looked at new foods that are expected to become more widespread in our diets in the coming years and discovered that many of them rely on high-tech methods to “grow” animal and plant cells in bioreactors. Several studies have shown that eating a plant-based diet is beneficial to your health as well as the environment.