The source of the next epidemic

The next zoonosis will be a result of factory farming.

“No one is concerned about 250,000 broiler chickens sharing the same ten acres with 25,000 hogs?” he exclaims. “These are perfect petri dishes for creating the new strains of avian and human flus!”

And the biggest environmental health risk comes from the widespread use of antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease. According to David Kessler, former FDA commissioner, 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in 2011 went to the livestock industry.

Such profuse applications of antibiotics provoke resistance on a wide scale.

Notes from the book, Heffernan, Margaret. “A Bigger Prize

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