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Farmers fight back against swarming locusts in Israel

 

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Young locusts hop across the desert sand in the Negev Desert in Israel on May 12, 2013.

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A locust perches atop a lavender bush on an organic farm.

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Damaged grapes in a vineyard, with a volunteer working to protect the remaining crop.

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Damaged passion fruit plants on an organic farm.

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Golan Cohen, owner of an organic herb farm in the Negev, speaks to a group of volunteer workers who have come to help him protect his remaining crops from locusts.

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An NBC News video camera receiving the attention of young locusts.

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A Bedouin man points to locusts attacking bales of hay on his farm.

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Young locusts are seen on netting on an organic farm.

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Dead locusts lie under a bush after being sprayed with pesticide.

Teams of exterminators are working from sunrise to sunset, spraying the millions of young locusts as they march across Israel, devouring everything in their path. NBC News' Dave Copeland visited the front line in the battle against the bugs.

TEL AVIV — Israel's Negev Desert is alive – with locusts.

Huge swarms of the newly hatched critters have begun marching across the sand, devouring everything in their path.

With the help of high-tech irrigation methods, much of Israel’s desert has been transformed into lush farmland that supplies supermarkets across the country with fresh produce. But the swarm of locusts, which locals say is the worst infestation in decades, is threatening crops and farms. Read the full story.

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