THERE is an unprecedented rush for Mopane worms in Solusi and Khami on the outskirts of Bulawayo as high meat prices force consumers to look for alternative sources. A Forestry Commission official said the rush has caused environmental damage. “This year there has been a tremendous shift from harvesting Mopane worms for subsistence to trading them in both rural and lucrative urban markets. This trend has created a lot of environmental problems as a lot of people from as far as Harare have set up makeshift amacimbi processing camps in surrounding bushes where there are using firewood to dry the worms. A lot of firewood is needed during the dying process,” he said. – NewZimbabwe.