Time to act
In 1968, the year of the last human Hong Kong Flu H3N2 pandemic, there were 13 million chickens in China. Now, there are more than 13 billion. (Greger: The Bird Flu Book). Cycles of production have been reduced to just a few weeks for these billions to be passing through the system at a point in time. In addition, the pig population has increased. The possibility of flu virus mutation in this region is acute. It certainly worries virologists.
Together with the increase in human population and our increased appetite for poultry meat, the world is breeding and eating itself into the next pandemic. The human population, at its present level of resource depletion, is past the planet’s carrying capacity. It really is time we addressed how we produce and maltreat huge numbers farm animals, as well as how many we consume.