The population growth from the year 1800 to 2022 has been very high. We have grown from 987 million in 1800 to 8,000 million humans who need water, food, clothing, housing, transportation, entertainment, and energy. Urban and industrial development, livestock and industrial food production, the use of chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides have resulted in massive loss of biodiversity. According to the latest 2020 Living Planet Report from the World Wide Fund for Nature WWF (world wildlife fund), the most important global organization to monitor it since 1961, reports that North America has 33.0%, Latin America and the Caribbean 94.0%, Africa 65.0%, Asia Pacific 45.0%, Europe and Asia Central lost 24.0% of their biodiversity. It is alarming to know that we lost 68% of the population of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians on the planet in just 50 years (1970-2022). This is the result of the “modern” behavior of man. With all its progress scientific and technological.
We are losing agricultural land in the last 50 years due to the use of chemical substances in huge quantities, which have changed and reduced their biological activity in the production of vegetable proteins, vegetables, tubers, fruits and legumes in our country . We contaminate the air, water, agricultural land, and break down ecosystems, causing the forced displacement of species that live in crowded areas and competing for natural resources, in a biological disorder, for food. Let’s change the series. New methods of producing animal proteins, such as chicken, pork, beef and aquatic species, are the main reason for their genetic vulnerability, as are the heavy amounts of chemicals and drugs applied to them.
In the case of chicken, we have 500 million chickens in Mexico and 25,000 million chickens globally that are reared in an overcrowded industrial model in sheds 10 meters wide and 80 meters long. They inject them with ephedrine hydrochloride so they can’t sleep, growth hormones, antibiotics, fat, calcium orthophosphate to harden the shell, and egg yolks for color. This overcrowding and rapid reproduction has caused changes in their metabolism and a decrease in their immune systems.
Chickens are hosts to bacteria, fungi, and viruses that facilitate their spread in a new way of transferring pathogens between animal species, which are then transmitted to humans because of this new closeness to many animal species. Huh. The best example of this closeness are the pets with whom we live in this new urban life.
In our country, with INEGI data for 2016, 19.5 million dogs were counted, which made up 80% of pets, and another 4.8 million were cats, rats, ferrets, birds, pigs, monkeys, snakes and even cats. Therefore, INEGI confirms that 7 out of 10 households have pets. This has led these viruses to strengthen and modify their attacks on the RNA of their host cells, becoming more lethal viruses. Like the case of this coronavirus SARS-CoV2 or Covid 19, which in December 2019 left Huanan, an unhealthy seafood market in Wuhan city of China and gave rise to this new pandemic which fundamentally changed our lives . This shows that the current model of food and protein production is not sufficient. For our health we must return to organic agricultural production.