We know pandemics come from interactions between humans and wildlife. Nature-based pandemic prevention measures could protect us in the future, as long as we fund them adequately.
Two decades ago, when farms and palm oil plantations displaced a swath of rainforest in Malaysia, it helped force a population of fruit bats to move from the forest to fruit farms next to industrial pig farms—where the deadly Nipah virus spread from the bats to pigs and later to farmers, killing dozens of people.
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