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David Wiebers and Valery Feigin, What the COVID-19 crisis is telling humanity

Abstract

Over the last few decades -- and at a historically unprecedented rate -- hundreds of human pathogens have emerged, mostly from animals. The United Nations’ “Preventing the Next Pandemic” report blames increasing demand for animal protein and unsustainable agricultural intensification as two key drivers of the emergence of zoonotic threats. Animal agribusiness has become a viral disease incubator, but there is a clear path towards preventing the next pandemic as well as protecting planetary health: to reform the practice of raising domestic animals for food and to adopt eating habits that not only protect our health, but address the climate crisis—and the next pandemic.

Author Biography

Michael Greger, founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, is a physician and advisor on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. His recent book is How to Survive a Pandemic. Website

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