More Crops! Bad News

February 23, 2015 10:11 PM

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There's a relatively simple solution — it's called "land conversion," and it can mean creating new fields to grow crops next to fragments of forest.

Only there's a catch. The rats of the forest are drawn to the crops of the farmland — and to the grains that farmers often store outside their homes. And those rats can carry the bacteria that causes plague — the the very same plague responsible for claiming millions of lives during the middle ages.

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