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This past week, United Nations experts have said that land degradation, wildlife exploitation, intensive farming and climate change are all contributing factors to the rise in diseases like COVID-19 that are passed to humans from animals
When you look at the fact that 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, this is more concerning. In the last two decades alone, zoonotic diseases have caused economic losses of more than $100-billion worldwide.
The UN identified a few areas that drive the risk: demand for animal protein, extraction of natural resources and urbanization, intensive and unsustainable farming, exploitation of wildlife, increased travel, and climate change. The organization is calling on governments for change.
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