COVID-19 crisis is connected to the environment and organic farming is part of the solution of this pandemic emergency.

covid and the environment

To find the solution to the Covid-19 crisis it is necessary to get back to the origin. The emergency of SARS Covid-19 we are facing in 2020 is extraordinarily strong for its capacity to affect the private life of every single human being.

Although the global effect of the virus is surprising for its power to spread fast, the elements that it caused should be expected, especially by the scientific community.

COVID-19 crisis is connected to the environment: the origin of the virus

As reported by the researchers[1], the COVID-19 virus was the result of virus transmission from animals to human beings. 75% of the health problems appeared in the last 20 years have been caused by this short circuit.

In other words: climate change and hyper urbanization affect the natural environment, so the animals get closer to urban areas. This movement increases the risk of contamination. So, COVID-19 is connected to the environment

the infection becomes even more dangerous because of environmental contamination.

Pollution makes people sick anyway

The report of the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (Società Italiana di Medicina Ambientale – SIMA) analyses the effect of the pollution and the widespread of the virus among the population[1].

For the technical details, we suggest referring to the official source, but the main point is that the rapid circulation of the virus in Northern Italy is due to the polluted atmosphere, able to transfer the viral infection to the human being through the air.

Pollution makes our bodies weaker and we are highly exposed to get sick, as the World Economic Forum confirms.

For example, the health threat of the novel coronavirus is, on average, greater for cities and people exposed to higher levels of pollution, which are most often people living in poorer areas. The same is true for the health impacts of climate change, with one of its major causes, the burning of fossil fuels, also adding pollution to the air and disproportionately impacting the health of those in poverty[2].

As the protests of the Friday for Future were used to highlight, we know since a long time that burning of fossil fuels caused severe harm to communities across the globe, in the form of extreme storms, persistent droughts, massive wildfires, and recurring heat waves of an ever deadlier sort[3].

covid 19 and the environment

The role of organic farming about COVID-19 crisis and environment

It should be now clear that there is no country or lab responsible for the invention of the virus because we are the cause of the effect we are fighting. Which is the solution to the Covid-19 crisis?

Creating healthy environments for healthier populations and promoting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) are two of the most effective ways in which we can reduce the long-term health impacts from – and increase our resilience and adaptive capacity to – both the coronavirus pandemic and climate change[5].

Basically, we have two options:

  • guarantee access to effective health care systems for everybody.

  • put environmental protection before profit.

Since respect to the environment is the best long-term defense we can afford, we believe that organic farming should be guaranteed as the main way of cultivation.

Agriculture is a human activity that affects anyway the environment: it increases the emission of carbon, it changed the environment landscape and decreases the biodiversity with intensive action.

Despite it, agriculture is a necessary activity for every society to provide food.

So, how is possible to keep producing our food in a modern way without affecting the environment?

The only way is reducing the effects of agriculture to the minimum possible standard.

Organic agriculture systems use 45% less of energy and produce 40% less of greenhouse gas emissions compared to the conventional ones.

The organic production system:

  • enhances soil fertility through crop rotation and natural fertilizers;
  • protects biodiversity;
  • avoids the use of chemicals, pesticides, and antibiotics for animals;
  • aims to produce high-quality food.

and much more, because organic farming is a completely natural process. It takes from nature and gives back to nature.

Get back to nature, choose organic products.

Sources:

[1] “Perché crisi climatica, consumo del suolo, inquinamento e coronavirus sono legati a doppio filo” – 26/02/2020 https://it.businessinsider.com/perche-crisi-climatica-consumo-del-suolo-inquinamento-e-coronavirus-sono-legati-a-doppio-filo/?fbclid=IwAR0MAolO_E8-_USvATP3bgtet-fLJ4ghEiV4c7MkBmkOmXD-3J3OqCO3wdY

[2] “Relazione circa l’effetto dell’inquinamento da particolato atmosferico e la diffusione di virus nella popolazione” – 30/03/2020 https://www.isde.it/inquinamento-atmosferico-e-covid-19/

[3] “How our responses to climate change and the coronavirus are linked” – 02/04/2020 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/climate-change-coronavirus-linked/

[4] https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-03-26/coronavirus-changing-how-people-think-about-fighting-climate-change

[5] “How our responses to climate change and the coronavirus are linked” – 02/04/2020 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/climate-change-coronavirus-linked/

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