Spread of ‘free-range’ farming may raise risk of animal-borne pandemics – study | Farming

The industrial farming of animals such as pigs, poultry and cattle to provide meat for hundreds of millions of people may reduce the risk of pandemics and the emergence of dangerous diseases including Sars, BSE, bird flu and Covid-19 compared with less-intensive farming , a major study by vets and ecologists has found. Despite reports … Read more

‘Extremely active’ jumping worms that can leap a foot raise alarm in California | California

An invasive worm species known for its “voracious appetite” and ability to jump a foot in the air is raising alarm in California, where scientists have expressed concerns about the threat the worms pose to forest ecosystems. The Amynthas agrestis, also known as the Asian jumping worm, Alabama jumper or crazy snake worm, have been … Read more