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May 09, 2020 - The Independent (UK)

Industrial animal farming has caused most new infectious diseases and risks more pandemics, experts warn

Industrial animal farming has caused most new infectious diseases and risks more pandemics, experts warn
Pig on intensive farmCredit: PETA

Industrial animal farming has caused most new infectious diseases in humans in the past decade – and risks starting new pandemics as animal markets have done, experts are warning.

Experts from both the UN and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have pinpointed animals or food of animal origin as a starting point for emerging diseases, such as Covid-19, which has killed more than 270,000 people worldwide.

And a separate report has cautioned that replacing Asia’s open-air slaughter markets with factory farming for meat would create similarly dangerous conditions for highly virulent flu strains to breed.

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