While we are scrambling to adapt to the mitigation actions we have had to take to remain safe from this pandemic, we need to at some point stop and ask: How did we get here? While investigations are ongoing it would seem the infection originated in a wet market in Wuhan - stemming directly from the way animals are treated. But this is not just a Chinese problem. It’s a global problem. (Remember the Swine flu [H1N1] outbreak originating in pigs in the US?)
“Unnaturally high concentrations of animals confined indoors in a limited airspace and producing significant quantities of waste may allow for the rapid selection, amplification, and dissemination of zoonotic pathogens.”— Dr. Michael Greger
(See The Animal-Human Interface and Infectious Disease in Industrial Food Animal Production: Rethinking Biosecurity and Biocontainment) The trajectory we are on is COMPLETELY unsustainable. We need a global system change. We need to show up differently in the world. That change starts with US and the daily choices WE make. A safer, less polluted, kinder world is literally in our power to create. In almost all aspects of how we live and work “business as usual” is no longer an option.