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With news of a new Covid Variant, and our previous blog about all human viral diseases being linked to animals, we now bring you news of China’s latest worrying food venture.
A multi story pig farm for 84,000 pigs!
The perfect environment for the next killer virus to evolve and mutate?
Or the best, most scientific way to produce meat for a growing population?
The new farm is by far the largest in the world, roughly 10 times the size of a typical breeding facility in the United States and roughly two thousand times the size of a sustainable herd on a UK mixed farm.I can see why the Chinese have followed this path when, unlike the UK, they have thousands of small unregulated farms with no animal welfare standards and no compensation if diseased animals have to be culled to stop diseases spreading. This means that any farmers with diseased animals will sell them in to the supply chain to make money but in doing so increase the spread of disease.
This has caused the Chinese government to step in and an estimated 200 million pigs have been culled over the last 3 years.
The ‘new’ Chinese and American farms’ use all kinds of methods to combat disease but still provide the perfect environment for viruses to mutate. Global trade and lower animal welfare standards than the UK mean the chances of a new disease are high. And we must worry about cheap low grade, diseased, pork in our supermarkets, as well as the next pandemic coming through humans from any country that encourages factory farming.
Please do your bit by rejecting factory farmed meat and tell your supermarket that they are wrong to have factory farmed food on their shelves.