More than 210 million pigs, or 30% of China's yearly pork output, have been lost to disease this year, and the epidemic is spreading rapidly. End-times expert and popular blogger Michael Snyder says the outbreak, called African Swine Fever, is beginning to make American pig farmers and pork producers very nervous.
"Pig farmers here in this country, this is their No. 1 concern right now," Snyder told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of "Greenelines" on the Charisma Podcast Network. "They are very concerned because if this disease gets into this country, it will be so hard to eradicate, so hard to kill. It can very easily be carried from one location to another.
"All over the world, we are seeing pig populations drop. In fact, the number of pigs already lost in China alone is greater than the number of produced by the entire U.S. pork industry in an entire year. So, it's something that spreads very, very easily. That's why customs officials here in the United States are keeping a very close eye on it. Once one thing gets infected on your farm, basically you're going to lose all your pigs. It's a 90% death rate, and it's very, very ominous."
FOX News recently declared the disease, known to some as "Pig Ebola," to be "the biggest animal disease outbreak we've ever had on the planet."
And the alarming news isn't confined to the pork industry. Snyder says projections show that 6 million acres of U.S. farmland usually used for corn will go unused because of unusually inclement weather. Snyder says only 39 percent of the projected soybean crop in the U.S. had been planted by June 2.
For more of Michael Snyder's thoughts about the American food industry, listen to the podcast below.
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