Scientists believe that the covid-19 virus originated in bats, then jumped to another species before infecting humans.  This kind of jump has been proven in the past to go through chickens or hogs in overcrowded conditions. The current pandemic has its roots in a market that sold pork from one of Wuhan’s many hog farms. Although the proof is not conclusive, this article traces the findings so far:

While agricultural commodity groups like the Pork Producers, Cattlemen, Corn Growers and Soybean Associations do a good job of promoting their “feed-the-world” and “get big or get out” brands of propaganda, the research they provide to prove their points is usually funded by–guess who–their own allies. Independent researchers have found lots of reasons to disagree, but their work is often buried by industry. It’s easy to see how the cycle works: Industry builds the oversized and overpriced equipment, creates the chemicals and the seeds, invents the CAFOs and owns the animals that are shipped to them and even dictates the prices that farmers earn from their work. Industry also hires the lobbyists that work on lawmakers to destroy regulations that protect the public but, alas, slow down production or add expense. Farmers are often too much in debt to buck the system, so they don’t object or try to find new ways to do things.
CAFOZONE, however, seeks to bring the alternatives to light. Here are works by credentialed researchers in two categories: Health/Environment and Property Values. When new information becomes available, we will add it to the list.