In search of explanations for the spread of the coronavirus, the discussion is increasingly turning to the relationship between industrial agriculture and livestock farming, ecological degradation and viral epidemiology. In the coming episodes, “Burning Futures” would like to focus on precisely these links between the ecological macrocosm and the microcosm of the virus. In “Big Farms Make Big Flu”, Rob Wallace, evolutionary biologist and author, investigates how endless human intervention in nature causes the spread of deadly infectious diseases. In doing so, he shows that many of the most dangerous new diseases can be traced back to the structure of our food systems, including the Nipah virus, Q fever, hepatitis E and a large number of new flu strains. In his lecture for “Burning Futures”, he will combine his arguments on the political ecology of epidemics with the theoretical and practical consequences of Covid-19.
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