Posted on

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…

Read more

Posted on

Hog Tremor

Touch the Soil News #1088 (Feature photo – The Sign Warning of African Swine Fever – CCA SA 4.0 International) Communicable diseases that can be spread from animal to animal or even from humans to animals are frightening. But even more so, when there is no known antidote. African Swine Flu is one of those diseases and it has been erupting around the world. Now it has been found in China and areas are quarantined. At issue with the disease is that it is one thing when a small farmer has problems. It’s quite something else when large confinement operations – with thousands of animals – gets a problem. Most…

Read more