“We are all inundated with news about the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing is glaringly missing from the coverage: the underlying structural reasons for why this is happening. Yes, in our globalized economy, travel has increased exponentially in the past 20 years, not just for pleasure, but also for profit. Still, that alone does not explain why we’ve had a litany of infectious disease outbreaks over the same period, each one coming hot on the heels of the last and doing nothing to alter our public health response. What does? …”
Evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace, of the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota, and author of Big Farms Make Big Flu: Dispatches on Infectious Disease, Agribusiness, and the Nature of Science, explains, via The American Scholar, that if we want to understand global outbreaks of infectious disease, you have to look at global agriculture. Listen, below, or at The American Scholar:
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