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Wuhan officially bans eating wild animals

Local authorities in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the COVID-19 virus is thought to have originally started spreading to humans, have announced a ban on eating wild animals along with a ban on hunting wild animals except for scientific research or population regulation. The city will also buy out wild animal breeders. 

It is unclear whether any measures have been introduced to reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases such as swine flu emerging from the intensive farming of conventional livestock. 

Read more here. See also the Foodsource resource How are animal and human diseases interconnected? and read other COVID-19 content in the FCRN’s research library here

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Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent. It hosts many densely populated and large cities as well as enormous barely populated regions, which all together host over half of the human population. Agriculture as a source of income is of major importance in the region. In most Asian countries, agriculture is the biggest user of water and in some regions can be responsible for to 90% of total water consumption through irrigation.

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