Why it's wrong to blame livestock farms for coronavirus
May 13, 2020
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(THE CONVERSATION) As part of the global response to the current pandemic, scientists are trying to identify the source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Some commentators have promoted unsubstantiated theories suggesting that "factory farming," or intensive large-scale livestock agriculture is to blame for this virus.
SARS-CoV-2 appears to have originated in bats, and possibly moved to humans via an intermediate host animal. Bats may also have been the original hosts for outbreaks that...