… “The industrialised model of animal production has been optimised to prioritise both cost and production efficiency, at the expense of multiple other factors including worker safety, biosecurity and ultimately, resilience”…
73% of the World’s Largest Meat Producers At Risk for Pandemics
According to FAIRR, meat producers and factory farms are at high risk of zoonotic diseases and future pandemics similar to COVID-19.
Liam Pritchett, Live Kindly
June 29, 2020
According to collaborative investor network Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return(FAIRR), meat producers are vulnerable to pandemics—but also a key factor in their creation.
A new report, titled “An Industry Infected,” warned investors of COVID-19’s continuing impact on meat production. FAIRR suggested that following the pandemic, the meat industry will likely receive increased scrutiny and mandatory regulation to minimize the risk of disease.
Additional safety procedures, surveillance, vaccinations for both workers and animals, and biosecurity training may be incompatible with the factory farming model as it is. FAIRR found that 73 percent of the world’s largest meat producers currently scored as “high risk” in its Pandemic Ranking.
Global companies such as JBS and Venky’s—both of which supply mainstream chains such as McDonald’s—were highlighted along with 44 others for the “inability to prevent the emergence of new zoonotic diseases.”
“Meat processing plants are at the centre of COVID-19 outbreaks worldwide,” explained the report. “The industrialised model of animal production has been optimised to prioritise both cost and production efficiency, at the expense of multiple other factors including worker safety, biosecurity and ultimately, resilience.”
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