As we close out a fearsome week of the #covid19 pandemic and also #WorldAntimicrobialAwarenessWeek, the thread below is more relevant than ever.

I hope we've learned from all this that when public health experts alert us to ticking time bombs like these, we should *listen*up*.
On @WHO's Food Safety Day, my colleague @orthostichy summarized the link between animal agriculture and #antimicrobialresistance.

All signs point to a public health crisis on the horizon — one that won't be solved with a "quick fix" like a vaccine.
I've tweeted on this topic before. This thread from April compiles what I see as greatest public health hazards associated w/ animal ag:
- zoonotic disease risk
- antibiotic resistance risk
- hazards to communities living near animal farming operations
I reiterate: the experts have been warning us about these risks for YEARS.

Here's an open letter from over 200 experts in 2017, coordinated by @sctwea (who now delightfully is on our team at @GoodFoodInst).
If we fail to listen and fail to act — to move toward safer, more efficient alternative protein production systems as quickly as possible — we do so at our own peril.

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25 Sep
Birds that we raise by the tens of billions for meat and eggs are among the most abused animals on the planet.

But cognitively, they are far more similar to mammals (and therefore to us) than was previously appreciated.
From earlier this week:…
Also earlier this week (compiling these as evidence of how much damning data there is out there single day, a random sample from a random week, about the conditions of these animals' lives):
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30 Jun
While the main point of this article is distressing to me, I feel there's also an underappreciated point here regarding positivity rates. [short thread]…
Positivity rates (# positive results versus # of total tests) have been so important for determining how much of a spike in caseload is truly indicative of higher viral spread versus merely a reflection of more testing.

Positivity rates now exceed 10% in many states. 2/n
But a line from this article made my head spin because it seems to indicate that the situation may be worse than it first appears from those positivity rates.

Unlike in March, April, or May, we are now testing huge numbers of people who are very unlikely to test positive. 3/n
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29 May
@LanceEllisor Thank you for approaching this question with kindness rather than antagonism. I don't feel we're out of the woods yet for avoiding a healthcare crush (especially considering recent instability), but happy to comment on why this didn't hit as early as it could have.
@LanceEllisor The key thing that changed between March 6 and today is... everything. When I wrote this thread, it was meant to illustrate why America needed to wake up to what was coming. On March 6, there was virtually no discussion of this at all, much less any intervention happening. Image
@LanceEllisor Key line in original thread: "In absence of extreme intervention, rate of spread is unlikely to slow until reaching >1% of population." I'd call the stay-home orders we've been under extreme. Warranted, but extreme. Now they feel normalized, but this is totally unprecedented.
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29 May
Consumer insights from Datassentials on how consumers feel about the safety of their meat amidst Covid-19, and my thoughts on whether these sentiments are merited. [short thread]
Asked whether slaughterhouse workers with Covid-19 made them nervous about meat safety, >60% of consumers said yes, though about half of those would continue eating it.

But nearly 50% of GenZ & 40% of millennials are eating less meat for this reason.…
However, this is the wrong framing for asking this food safety question.

The food safety risk to a consumer isn't likely to result from the slaughterhouse worker being ill. It's likely because of this:…
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15 May
There has been so much happening this week at the nexus of COVID-19, the meat industry, & animal ag as a whole that it's hard to distill which insights & quotes to share.

What's resoundingly clear is that this disruption is rattling our current protein paradigm to its core. 1/n
I'll spotlight this @voxdotcom article, which is long but well worth it for responses it provides to the common retorts. Any simplified, sound-biteable angle to this story is sure to miss a lot. As usual, I'll pull some favorite quotes in this thread. 2/n…
"The plight of these workers is just the starting point in a chain of crises the coronavirus is creating in America’s food supply. The shuttered meatpacking plants have created a bottleneck in the system through which most meat in the United States must flow..." 3/n
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7 May
This problem isn't going away anytime soon.

"Industry experts, analysts and a union that represents meatpacking plant workers say challenges with the country’s meat supply chain will likely linger as long as the pandemic does." 1/6…
“Until the world gets its arms around coronavirus, this is the model we’re going to have to work under — or we’re going to sacrifice these humans for the sake of a cheeseburger." - Mark Lauritsen, United Food and Commercial Workers 2/6
And the ol' carcass balancing problem rears its head yet again:

"People also want different cuts of meat when they’re doing the cooking... For example, chicken wings are typically eaten at restaurants instead of cooked at home, so demand has dropped during the pandemic." 3/6
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