How biodiversity conservation can help manage future pandemics

The benefits of sustainable agricultural practices are often touted in response to the challenge of climate change. But biological diversity and the conservation of such is an important pillar for managing future pandemics -in providing genetic variance that builds antibiotic resistance in both humans and livestock, as well as maintaining a buffer between society and nature that limits cross-specifies transmission of pathogens.

 

Dave Hodson, a senior scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, expands on this topic in an article you can find here