Last week, two #FarmBills which bring in sweeping reforms in India’s agriculture sector were bulldozed through #Parliament. This happened while farmers and Opposition parties were holding widespread protests saying the reforms will be a death knell for India’s agriculture sector.
You’re probably wondering: Are these Farm Bills good or bad? Are the reforms to the agriculture sector proposed by the #ModiGovernment beneficial to farmers, or are they harmful?
Resident Parliament nerd Meghnad S explains what the reforms are all about, and how they will affect farmers.
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In the last half-century, the global production of meat has undergone a seismic shift. While meat was once mostly raised on small farms, today almost all the meat we eat comes from industrialized “factory” farms, known as “concentrated animal feeding operations,” or CAFOs. Animals in CAFOs are often packed closely together, which makes them both efficient and, for many, ethically dubious. But infectious disease experts worry about CAFOs for a different reason: Because they’re also an ideal environment for virus and bacteria mutations that human immune systems have never seen. In other words, they’re a highly likely source for the next pandemic.
You can read more about the pathogen risks in factory farming at Vox.com:
A deeper look at the threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria:
Further reading on how RNA virus reassortment works: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5119462/
Martha Nelson’s study tracking the origins of the 2009 H1N1 virus:
Read more about the sources of meat produced around the world from the Sentience Institute: https://www.sentienceinstitute.org/global-animal-farming-estimates
The US Center for Disease Control’s timeline of the H1N1 pandemic: https://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/cdcresponse.htm
A hopeful look at where factory farming might be headed in the US:
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