At some point most of us have eaten an insect. Maybe it was a dare on the playground, or a culinary lesson in science class. Whatever the circumstances, it was likely a novel experience. But a new study in the journal Ecology Letters indicates that an insectivorous diet might benefit the planet.
|If the residents of an ecosystem piled into a pyramid, [carnivorous] predators would be at the peak and plants and microbes would form the foundation. Now, new research indicates that the middle—small insectivorous birds and lizards—are critically important to overall health of an ecosystem, and actually help promote greater biomass.|
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