‘Each new factory farm increases the risk of the next virus spillover – along with the next zoonotic pandemic.’
According to leading food awareness organization ProVeg International, intensive animal farming is the “most risky human behaviour in relation to pandemics.”
In its Food & Pandemics Report, ProVeg explores the crucial connection between the current COVID19 crisis and the global animal-based food system.
The report, which has drawn support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) states that three high risk human behaviours have encouraged zoonotic diseases and the ensuing pandemics: Destruction of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity, consuming wild animals as food, and farming animals as food.
View this post on Instagram
Intensive animal farming is the single most risky human behaviour for pandemics. We have just released our Food & Pandemics report, which explores the crucial connection between the current #COVID19 crisis and the global animal-based food system. ? Read and share the report now, to raise awareness. Find the link in our bio. ? . . . #proveg #maketheconnection #preventpandemics #healthyeating #healthyeatinghabits #plantbasednutrition #foodsystems #foodproduction #prohealth #proanimals #proenvironment #protecttheearth
Recipe for zoonotic pandemics
The report spotlights how our food choices have helped to create a recipe for zoonotic pandemics citing that 75% of all emerging infectious diseases in humans are zoonoses.
It states: “Our appetite for meat, eggs, and dairy has brought us into ever-closer contact with both domesticated and wild animals by keeping ever more of them in increasingly confined spaces and invading ever more of their habitats.”
It explains that dealing with wild animals has brought on the Ebola and Marburg viruses, HIV, the West Nile virus, and the coronaviruses including SARS, MERS and the ongoing COVID-19; while animals farmed for human consumption have led to diseases such as diphtheria, measles, mumps, the rotavirus, smallpox, and influenza A.
Despite the fact that COVID-19 did not originate in factory farms or slaughterhouses, it has inevitably found its way into them with its multiple impacts. The report explains that “the current pandemic has demonstrated the profound vulnerability and fragility of the animal-agriculture industry, as well as a host of serious ethical and economic implications for humans, animals, and the food system.
“Industrial animal agriculture is much like a large-scale petri dish, providing the perfect conditions for viruses to emerge, spread, and cross species barriers, each new factory farm increases the risk of the next virus spillover – along with the next zoonotic pandemic.”
The report also touches upon the other implications driven by our animal-based food system in the form of climate change, which heightens the risk of future pandemics, and antimicrobial resistance, which worsens their impact.
Switch to a more plant-based approach
Warning that future pandemics will be deadlier and more frequent, the report stresses on the need to switch to a more plant-based approach, which not only minimizes the risk of future pandemics but also helps to resolve many of the other key challenges we face.
“Transforming the global food system by replacing animal-based products with plant-based and cultured alternatives provides a multiproblem solution – preventing not only future pandemics but also helping to mitigate major parallel crises such as climate change, world hunger, and antibiotics resistance,” it concludes.
Share this story to let others know about the Food & Pandemics Report by ProVeg International.
Vegan culture, food, beauty & more
- Mohsina Dodhiya
- 22nd January 2021
“We hope to inspire and empower the next generation of chefs through the HIT course by highlighting just how easy it is to add creative meat-free dishes to menus.” HIT Training has launched a new plant-based culinary school in the UK. The chef academy has teamed up with meat-free pioneer, Quorn to present an eight-month …
- Mohsina Dodhiya
- 19th January 2021
Vegan eatery ONA has also been awarded Michelin’s green star – in recognition of its strong ethical practices. A vegan French restaurant has won a Michelin Guide star, the first for an establishment serving only meat-free products in France. Claire Vallee runs the ONA restaurant in the city of Ares, near Bordeaux, in south-west France. …
All the quizzes you love to binge!
- Marlon Farrugia
- 10th January 2020
How much vegan knowledge do you have stored away? Do you have to Google your way through a shopping trip, or do you have all the bad E-numbers memorised? Find out now with this quiz. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …
- Marlon Farrugia
- 13th October 2019
Spook Season approaches. There will be ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and glucose. You need a costume, and you want to it to show off your personality, which means VEGAN. But what to choose? Take our quiz to find out your perfect outfit. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a …
- Marlon Farrugia
- 26th September 2019
“If you were a vegetable, what kind would you be?” A question that has tormented humanity throughout the ages – until now. Read: QUIZ: If you score 19/20 on THIS quiz, you’re a Vegan God Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …