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Desert locusts could boost food security

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Desert locusts could offer dietary and health benefits

by Sarah Ooko

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Researchers identify chemicals in desert locusts that could help boost food security and control chronic diseases.
Desert locusts could boost food security and offer protection against chronic diseases, according to researchers studying the insects.

The WHO says non-communicable diseases such as heart attacks, stroke, cancers, diabetes and asthma kill about 28 million people a year in low- and middle-income countries, including those in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In a new study published in PLOS One last month (13 May), researchers based in Kenya and the United States assessed whether locusts contain high levels of chemicals known as phytosterols that could control heart-related diseases.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.