Tags: pfinrome, health, UN_FAO, European Union, Food Crises, World Hunger, zerohunger, fao, storyfest2019
Biology student Selah Phillips collects algae at the Pacora River. She hopes the oil she has extracted from the algae can be processed into sustainable biodiesel. (Maddie Burakoff/Medill)
Ecosystem destruction, such as this pollution from a gold mine, is a primary driver of zoonotic disease reproduction and transmission. Natural ecosystems act as a buffer zone, preventing spillover of certain pathogens from animals to people.