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July 12, 2020 - Green Queen

UN Report: Demand For Animal Protein & Livestock Farming Driving Zoonotic Diseases

UN Report: Demand For Animal Protein & Livestock Farming Driving Zoonotic Diseases
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In a new report by the United Nations, rising consumption of animal protein and unsustainable agricultural intensification as a result of demand for animal-based foods were listed among the seven major causes of zoonotic disease emergence. As the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, the report warns that governments must take heed and implement active measures to prevent further outbreaks.

Released on Monday (July 6), the new report, Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission, warns that future outbreaks of disease will continue to emerge unless governments take urgent preventative action. As the current coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage economies, disrupt daily activities and has taken over half a million lives, it has become more apparent than ever before that the world cannot afford another pandemic crisis.

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