As agriculture progresses, ecosystems will collapse, and that is conducive to large numbers of species transmitting deadly diseases.
While anxious customers rush to convenience stores, emptying stocks in readiness for housebound quarantines that can last for months, the coronavirus global epidemic highlights an alarming long-term concern about the growing food demand of the population and the constraints it imposes upon a warming planet.
Viral pathogens — the kind that propagate amongst animals and humans — represent the largest
proportion of novel diseases such as COVID-19, which scientists believe to have derived from bats.
Much of these diseases emerge from wild animals whose ecosystems are being ruined, mainly
for farming and mostly for cattle or the crop production used for feeding them.
"We have a population problem and a consumption problem. It's not either or," said Felicia Keesing, an ecologist at Bard College.
The warmer climate is making the situation troublesome. Global warming is a hurdle to overcome. Human activity may have caused the outbreak a driver of biodiversity loss.
Scientists keep on working to establish the provenance and spread of the new coronavirus, but they assume it came from a "wet market" in Wuhan, China, and perhaps most likely transmitted from a bat through a medium, like the extensively trafficked pangolin.
"Current evidence on other coronavirus strains shows that while coronaviruses appear to be stable at low and freezing temperatures for a certain period, food hygiene and good food safety practices can prevent their transmission through food." - World Health Organization
But like avian flu, the coronavirus can be recorded to fields where humans eat or kill inhumanly crammed animals.
As you're reading this article, you're probably quarantined, like many of us.
It's normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry.
Talking to people you trust such as friends and family or your fellow community members can help a lot.