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ASU KEDtalks: Plagued with Questions

All locusts are grasshop­pers, but not all grasshop­pers are locusts. Locusts are grasshop­pers that when exposed to spe­cif­ic envi­ron­men­tal cues will form mass migra­tions and become a continental-level chal­lenge. The imme­di­ate impacts of locusts on agri­cul­ture are obvi­ous. For exam­ple, the desert locust plague in Western and Northern Africa that occurred between 2003 to 2005 cost an esti­mat­ed 2.5 bil­lion US dol­lars in crop loss­es.

ASU KEDtalks: What Your Poop Says About Your Health

The gut micro­bio­me is asso­ci­at­ed with many meta­bol­ic and gas­troin­testi­nal dis­eases, like obe­si­ty, Type 2 dia­betes, and inflam­ma­to­ry bow­el dis­ease. 60 to 70 mil­lion peo­ple are affect­ed by diges­tive dis­or­ders, and over 97 bil­lion pre­scrip­tions are writ­ten annu­al­ly to treat these debil­i­tat­ing ill­ness­es. But a poor diet is the most impor­tant fac­tor that can deter­mine whether you get meta­bol­ic and gas­troin­testi­nal dis­eases.

Mapping the Intricacies of Evolving Food Systems

In many coun­tries, the very abil­i­ty to eat a food like avo­ca­do is a direct ben­e­fit of inter­na­tion­al trade. We are eat­ing on an inter­con­nect­ed plan­et. Food trade now shapes land use world­wide and is reshap­ing the food sup­plies of many nations.