UN warns of ‘major shock’ as Africa locust outbreak spreads

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  1. Space_Time

    Space_Time Well-Known Member

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    First the Coronavirus now this. What can be done to deal with this plague? Will this lead to mass starvation:

     
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    It's interesting how locusts (that is, grasshoppers that swarm) no longer exist in North America. The best guess as to why is that farmers, individually but unintentionally combining into a group effort, wiped them out by plowing up their hatching sites. The locust population required a certain large critical mass to sustain itself, and when it went below that, that species of locust went extinct.
     
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    It's getting worse:

     
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    According to the article, agricultural scientists know how to get rid of the locusts. But the wars make it too dangerous for planes to spray the pesticides that kill and/or prevent the locusts from reproducing.
     

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