| I forsee a lot of cullings when bird flu starts ramping up for a global outbreak. It's already getting easier for the virus to spread to humans - and other mammals. Well, we subsist on an awful lot of animal meat. What happens when all those animals either die from bird flu or are culled?
As we're busy polluting the ocean into giant dead zones, and global warming is making crops sporadic, I can forsee some food difficulties once bird flu has had its way with human society.
The question is - how can we anticipate this and work to avoid the worst problems an animal/human pandemic will create? Do we let flu infect animals in hopes that enough will be left to eat (well cooked) after the pandemic waves pass? Do we cull them all in hopes of saving ourselves and hope we have enough food afterwards to feed everyone?
Will there be enough alternative sources of food not affected by bird flu to keep us all alive AFTER the pandemic waves pass? How do we prevent food panics and scares related to any shortages caused by culling and flu deaths? Can we even switch to a vegetarian diet temporarily while we're waiting for stock animals to recover their populations, or will we eat them all and to heck with the consequences?
I've seen a lot of prep articles on this site, but I haven't seen an in depth discussion of what happens when ANIMAL populations decline due to bird flu. We can't hope to suppliment with wild animal populations through hunting because those animals will be just as deeply affected by any pandemic as we are.
We're looking at another "big death" that affects all mammals on Earth. Keeping animals alive is going to be as important to our future as keeping US alive.
Do the oceans have enough life left to support everyone on the planet if we don't have sufficient stock animals to eat after the pandemic waves pass? What happens if crops fail, as they did this year in the Midwest? Are we looking at old-fashioned famine in our future?
Has anyone thought about any of this?