China’s pig ‘Ebola’ outbreak ‘will move markets, influence geopolitics’ for years to come

China’s pig ‘Ebola’ outbreak ‘will move markets, influence geopolitics’ for years to come


A minor outbreak of African swine fever among some 400 pigs in Shenyang in northeastern China is now threatening the global food supply chain and may increase pork prices for years.

Despite a mass cull, a blockade to prevent any further transmission and a government declaration that the outbreak of the particularly nasty strain of swine fever had been “effectively controlled,” China, the country with half of the world’s pigs, failed to stop the spread of the disease in time. Domestically, this contagion is already massive: China has a $128 billion pork industry and is third-highest global consumer of pork.  

full story – RT.com