Blog post: African swine fever epidemic
This blog post by Mia MacDonald of US think tank Brighter Green and Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary explains the African swine fever epidemic that is currently affecting China and Southeast Asia. Over 3 million pigs have already been killed by the disease or culled as a preventative measure. The disease has not yet been passed on to humans.
Read the full blog post here. See also this FCRN blog post co-edited by Mia MacDonald: The Brazilian Dietary Guidelines: Impacts and prospects for food systems and nutrition in a changed political environment, and the Foodsource chapter What is the connection between infectious diseases in humans and livestock?
Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent. It hosts many densely populated and large cities as well as enormous barely populated regions, which all together host over half of the human population. Agriculture as a source of income is of major importance in the region. In most Asian countries, agriculture is the biggest user of water and in some regions can be responsible for to 90% of total water consumption through irrigation.