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Old 01-05-2011, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Pesticides Threaten Ant-Eating Tradition in Brazil

Pesticides used on eucalyptus trees that are planted to produce cellulose for paper and other products are being blamed for a shortage of leaf cutter ants called içás, or queen ants by the inhabitants of Silveiras, Brazil. Usually, heavy seasonal rainfall during October and November drive huge numbers of these ants from their underground homes, and they then are gathered up by the local populace who consider them a delicacy. However, the ants' numbers appear to be on a drastic decline, and locals are worried that one of their cherished traditions may be in danger. For the rest of the story, see http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/wo...ants.html?_r=1
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:16 PM   #2
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