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An Easy 1,2,3 Guide to Creating a Global Pandemic with Factory Farming Methods

May 8, 2009
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Nothing like starting this school week off with pandemonium and good healthy dose of a swine flu epidemic to get the kiddies into the correct educational frame of mind.  Internationally, schools have been closing down due to swine flu concerns, as the death toll mounts and parents and policy makers scramble to get a hold on the contagion.  What precipitated this move? Factory farmed pigs, native to the US, were brought down to Mexico to be raised for meat production in factory style farms:

“If you wanted to create global pandemics, you’d build as many of these factory farms as possible. That’s why the development of swine flu isn’t a surprise to those in the public health community. In 2003, the American Public Health Association–the oldest and largest in world–called for a
moratorium of factory farming because they saw something like this would happen. It may take something as serious as a pandemic to make us realize the real cost of factory farming.”

Dr. Michael Greger, Humane Society of the U.S.

It’s no surprise to realize that people can get illnesses from animals–we do all the time, from Salmonella, to E.coli, to cowpox, to flu, to worms.  It’s also no surprise that if crowd lots of people and or animals in a small spot, incidences of illness and disease go up.  Factory farming is a great way to incubate an illness that can spread to people, and factory  farming distributes to this illness to huge numbers of people.  It’s a pathogen’s perfect playground.

Why don’t people realize that factories don’t always produce safe food?  We’ve had problems with spinach, tomatoes, jalapenos, salsa products, peanut products, pistachio products, and factory farming methods are now implicated in pig farming illness transmission.  How is this really news?  What I want to know is when people will stop demanding cheaper food at the expense of their health.  It’s not rocket science to realize someone else may not be as careful as you would be with your own food–ask a fry cook if you don’t believe me.

Yes, yes, swine flu was serious.  People did die, but people also die every year from contaminated foods, from contaminated water, from plenty of pathogens that we trust others to control that slip through our brigade.  If you want safer food, because there is no such thing as completely safe, take better care to know your source.  If you want better health, take care to know if you are supporting organizations that support the health of others, because in our global economy, our health really does depend on theirs.

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