Every single major epidemic in the last 2 decades has been zootic - that is originating in animals. We need to fix our food system, and put an end to animal agriculture. Animal ag has us raising 80 BILLION animals a year, and feeding them massive amounts of antibiotics, which leads to new and stronger viruses and bacteria. Since 2003 we've seen SARS, MERS, Swine Flu, Avian Flu, and now COVID-19.
It doesn't even matter anymore whether you care about animals, the environment, or your own health.
On a pure human survival level, we need to reform our food system and stop eating nearly as many animals. I'm talking about moving to a more plant-based diet, using cellular agriculture to make lab-based meats, etc. We need to deal with our food supply and its externalizes immediately, as if our lives depend on it ... because they do.
GFI's chief scientist published an oped on Wired Magazine today. It's worth a read... even if you're skeptical.
And from a business opportunity, there's money to be made in this disruption and innovation. Early investors in Beyond Meat's series A made 400x return on their money. I'm not saying that can happen so easily again, but if we quantifiable cannot feed the world's middle class animal protein. We need to invest in alternatives, and I think we can profit in the process.