Did Deforestation Spring Zika?
This is the first of three clips in which I’m interviewed by the Real News Network about the outbreak of Zika virus across Latin America.
No matter what turns out to be the cause of the microcephaly thousands of Brazilian newborns are suffering–Zika, pesticides, something else, or some combo–a large literature shows the resurgence of the Flaviviruses–dengue, yellow fever, Chikungunya, and now Zika–is, like Ebola in West Africa, being driven largely by neoliberal deforestation.
By logging, mining, and monoculture agriculture, we appear to be stripping away the ecosystemic limits forests typically place upon many a pathogen.
I’ll have a more in-depth post on Zika in the days to follow.