March 25, 2023



Why areca nut plantations are driving ‘monkey fever’

Areca Palm Tree with ripe fruit nut clusters

BBC News – Future

By Catherine Davison

16th March 2023

When Gayatri thinks of her husband, the first thing that she remembers is his voice. “He used to never stop talking,” she recalls fondly.

One evening in early 2019, Suresh had arrived home from the areca palm nut plantation where he worked complaining of a headache, and had quietly taken himself off to bed. His mumbled goodnight was among the last thing Gayatri would hear him say. Four days later, his health rapidly deteriorating, he had a stroke which left him permanently unable to talk.

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