Palm Oil production : the real reason for major Ebola outbreak in Africa ?

The story is simple: as natural forest is slashed to make room for mono-crops, especially palm oil, the bats from the forest (who carry the Ebola virus) go looking for an alternative food source find it in palm oil : their population explodes and moves closer to human habitat , the end result: a major Ebola outbreak.

While “bush meat” and also eating fruit partially eaten by bats may a factor in spreading the virus, the practice of eating bush meat has existed for a long time, and antibodies against the virus have been found in people who live in the affected areas. In the most recent outbreak it was supposed to be a toddler’s chance encounter with a fruit bat which led to the epidemic, so it’s not clear how eating bush meat would even factor into this current outbreak.

Another case of mono cultures destroying the ecological balance?

Evolutionary biologist Robert Wallace explains the fact that neo-liberal policy and monoculture are the real driver of the massive Ebola outbreak in the following video with transcript

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12596

http://ecowatch.com/2014/10/29/palm-oil-ebola/

Posted on November 12, 2014, in Kapitalism. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have read that increases in poverty in west Africa has lead to an increase in the use of ‘bush meat’ which has increased the contacts people have with bats and the virii they carry and pass on to bush meat animals. This perhaps strengthens your argument as the monoculture may be less profitable for the typical individual over all.

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