World’s third-largest source of calories succumbing to disease

Chopping manioc. (Picasa, John)

After rice and wheat, cassava provides the most calories consumed by humans. Also known as manioc, tapioca, or yuca, cassava is a dietary staple for 800 million people in Africa, Asia, and South America. The New York Times is reporting on a virus called brown streak which is reaching a “pandemic-style spread.” The potential threat has been likened to the potato famine which killed approximately a million people in Ireland in the 1840s. Read more here.

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