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China launches 26-story pig farming skyscraper in Ezhou

China has built a 26-story skyscraper for raising pigs, raising concerns among experts that the one-of-a-kind facility could lead to serious disease outbreaks.

Hubei Zhongxin Kaiwai Modern Farming built the vertical pig farm that resembles a high-rise apartment building and launched operations last month in Ezhou, some 80km east of Wuhan, where the Covid-19 pandemic began.

The facility has the capacity to slaughter 1.2 million hogs a year and was established to meet the country’s growing demand for meat, as China consumes half of the world’s pork.

Dr Danielle Anderson, who studies viral pathogenesis in animals, told Daily Mail Australia that although such a facility would save a lot of space in terms of land, the high-density environment means bacterial diseases could spread much further. quickly.

A Chinese company has built the world’s largest single-building pig farm in Ezhou, some 80km east of Wuhan.

“There are two ways to look at it,” said the VIDRL Royal Melbourne Hospital research scientist at the Doherty Institute.

“From a scientific point of view, in theory, it sounds great because instead of taking up a lot of space, the pigs can be housed on multiple levels and that’s great.”

Dr. Anderson explained that if there was a disease spreading within the building, “it should be easier to treat because it’s contained.”

‘On the other hand, if something gets in, I think I’d take them out quicker. So, I think it’s a big problem if you had such a large density of animals,” he continued.

‘If you have pigs that are sick and dying, you’ll see that. But if it’s something that spreads and doesn’t make you sick, the disease may go through you like wildfire and wipe them all out.”

Dr. Anderson believed that “from the animals’ point of view,” the facility is far from ideal.

The Facility Meets The Huge Demand For Pork In China, As The Country Consumes Around Half Of The World'S Pork.  The Facility Has The Size And Resources To Slaughter Up To 1.2 Million Hogs A Year.

The facility meets the huge demand for pork in China, as the country consumes around half of the world’s pork. The facility has the size and resources to slaughter up to 1.2 million hogs a year.

‘From a personal point of view, are we trying to maximize the amount of meat we eat? How are by-products treated? And the air that comes out? That should be taken into account, especially if there was an outbreak.

Dr Anderson said there was a level of security because the pigs were segregated from local wildlife, meaning there should be no pathogens entering the building.

However, if a disease did get in, he warned that it “would go through more pigs and have a chance to mutate with a larger number of animals.”

“When those animals go to market or something like that, there’s a chance that the disease could spread,” he said.

But illness isn’t the only problem experts are warning about.

The Chinese Company Hubei Zhongxin Kaiwai Modern Farming Built The Pig Farm And Started Operations In Early October.

The Chinese company Hubei Zhongxin Kaiwai Modern Farming built the pig farm and started operations in early October.

A farmer in his 50s who lives in a nearby town said the pig skyscraper is likely to emit a strong odor when fully operational that could be a nightmare for locals working in the area.

“It’s unfathomable,” he told the guardian. ‘About 30 years ago, when I was raising pigs, we only had two or three in our backyard pigsty.

“I’ve heard that pigs raised on these farms can be ready for sale in a few months, and in the past, it would take us about a year to raise one. But I think as technology advances, this will be the trend in the future.”

But disease experts around the world remain cautious, particularly in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dirk Pfeiffer, Senior Lecturer at One Health at City University of Hong Kong, said: “The higher the density of animals, the higher the risk of spread and amplification of infectious pathogens, as well as potential for mutation.”

Matthew Hayek, an assistant professor of environmental studies at New York University, added that if a disease entered the building, it could “break out among the animals like wildfire.”

Experts Have Raised Concerns That The Construction Of The Pig Farm Skyscraper Could Cause Diseases To Spread Much Faster Within The Facility.

Experts have raised concerns that the construction of the pig farm skyscraper could cause diseases to spread much faster within the facility.

Zhongxin Kaiwai claims that the space occupied by the facility is 800,000 square meters.

That means around 650,000 animals could fit inside the building at any one time.

Pigs kept on the farm are fed through 30,000 feeding points.

All workers entering the building go through a “disinfection system” that “uses continuous physical methods to disinfect the human body,” according to Chinese news outlet Jiemian.

Zhongxin Kaiwai has just diversified into the agricultural industry, initially starting out as a cement investor.

The company’s general manager said that the company had the right materials to build its own pig farm and believed that agriculture was an advantageous industry to enter.

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