Corona and the Land

The online publication Climate and Capitalism, member of the

New York based MR online magazine, on March 11, 2020 published

the following interview. In it the social biologist Robert Wallace,

author of Big Farms Make Big Flu (2016) makes this statement.

Growing genetic monocultures removes whatever immune firebreaks may be available to slow down pathogen transmission. Larger population sizes and

densities facilitate greater rates of transmission. Such crowded conditions depress immune response. High throughput, a part of any industrial production, provides

a continually renewed supply of susceptibles, i.e. the fuel for the evolution of virulence.


He adds: In other words, agribusiness is so focused on profits that selecting for

a virus that might kill a billion people is treated as a worthy risk..., and continues to name the true cost of large scale, monocultural, industrially fuelled agriculture...

Without the accusation of mono-causality to Wallace's thought and conclusions, the suggestion makes sense that - with the end of big agrobusiness - in post-industrialism, post-petrol times, the end of capitalism will have arrived. 


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