Short Wave: Can A Low-Carb Diet Prevent A Plague Of Locusts?

Swarms of locusts can destroy crops and livelihoods.

Right now, countries in East Africa are dealing with the threat. At a lab in Tempe, Arizona, researchers are trying to figure out how to minimize the crop damage these voracious pests can cause. The answer, NPR’s Joe Palca tells us, might be looking at what locusts like, and don’t like, to eat.

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This episode was produced by Rebecca Davis and edited by Viet Le.


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