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African swine fever: a serious threat to the European pork industry
African swine fever (ASF) is highly contagious and can only be stopped by eradication. The virus is currently heading towards the EU, posing a serious threat to the European pork industry. Given the limited control options, extreme vigilance is required to prevent the spread of the virus.
A small ripple in the Chinese economy generates an international tsunami.
European meat exports to China are peaking, and that also applies to the export of Belgian pork. Given the extent, each percentage on the Chinese market immediately translates into huge volumes on the international market.
The Chinese butterfly effect
The butterfly effect is a metaphor that was used by mathematician Edward Lorenz in 1961 to indicate that the wings of a butterfly in Brazil could cause a tornado in Texas months later. The term butterfly effect comes from the chaos theory, the area within mathematics that examines dynamic systems.