African Swine Fever in China – A Global Food Tremor

Touch the Soil News #1113 (Feature photo – Sow with piglet – public domain)

Agriculture has grown to represent the largest footprint on the world’s land surface. That includes animal agriculture which – due to its intense confinement approach – is ripe for disease problems.

African Swine Fever easily spreads and the pigs must be destroyed when the disease shows up. African Swine Fever has surfaced in a number of areas in China, threatening other Asian countries. The issue is so large, that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is calling a special meeting to discuss detection, actions and resiliency.

Major problems with pig production in China would affect availability and prices around the whole world.

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