Could a deadly pig virus transform Germany’s fixation on ‘cheap meat’?

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African swine fever and Covid outbreaks among workers have raised questions over mega farms for pork

It was the stench of the wild boar’s carcass that first caught the rambler’s attention. Bits of hide and a few bones were all that was left of the animal, found in September on the edge of a maize field in the north-east state of Brandenburg, which encircles Berlin.

Tests quickly showed that it had died from African swine fever, or ASF. It was found 20km from the last known outbreak in neighbouring Poland.

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