Dung Beetles Are Key to Healthy Pasture. Now They May Also Help Make Produce Safer

By Virginia Gewin

 
 
 

Dung beetles—named for what they eat—may be one of the more underrated creatures in the food web. When no one is looking, these tiny janitors clean up pound after pound of manure on pastures, enriching the soil as they spread and bury it. Now, there’s evidence that dung beetles may also help make our food safer—even as food-safety fears make it difficult for researchers to find farms willing to help conduct real-world tests.

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