28 Oct '11, 10am

Viral storm: why factory farming is bad for your health - Make a difference - The Ecologist

Viral storm: why factory farming is bad for your health - Make a difference - The Ecologist

Microbes are finally getting the attention they deserve: albeit through the glossy veneer of a Hollywood ‘outbreak film', Contagion, released on October 21. The film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon and Laurence Fishburne and is loosely based on research by Nathan Wolfe (pictured below), whose new book, Viral Storm: the dawn of a new pandemic age , tells why modern life has made us more vulnerable, not less, to the threat of a global pandemic. In the film, the origin of a deadly global virus is linked back to a nesting bat whose home is destroyed by forest clearing from a mining company. The homeless bat then infects a pig, which is slaughtered and the chef, who carries the pig blood on his hands, passes it on to an unsuspecting first victim (played by Gwyneth Paltrow). What comes out much clearer in the book, Viral Storm , is the complex and evolving relati...

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