European Union invests $12 million to combat locust outbreak

The global agricultural community is rallying support to stop a dangerous pest, locusts.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the European Union will invest $12 million to combat recent locust outbreaks.

Locust swarms have damaged field crops in East Africa and along the Persian Gulf.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Somalia has seen a swarm of desert locusts the size of Manhattan destroy farmland the size of Oklahoma, Kenya has seen “billions-strong clouds” eat 800 square miles of crops and in Pakistan, locusts have eaten 40 percent of the nation’s harvest, forcing a national emergency.