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October 19, 2020 - South China Morning Post

Factory farming seen to trigger next global pandemic: choose plant-based meat alternatives to reduce the threat

Factory farming seen to trigger next global pandemic: choose plant-based meat alternatives to reduce the threat
Terrified chicken in factory farmCredit: We Animals Media

At the online PlantFit Summit this month, 38 of the world’s health experts weighed in on how to improve our health and well-being by adopting a more plant-based diet.

Opening the summit was US doctor Dr Michael Greger, The New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Die and internationally recognised speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health. He spoke about the next killer flu, which he believes is brewing in battery chicken farms.

“The leading candidate for the next pandemic after Covid-19 is a bird flu virus by the name of H7N9 , which is a hundred times deadlier than Covid-19,” Greger says. “Instead of a 0.4 per cent case mortality rate [which is what we’re seeing with Covid-19], H7N9 has killed 40 per cent of the people it has infected.”

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