Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Origins

How has this recent soon-to-be pandemic not yet been 100% linked to our food system? The swine flu outbreak was said to have originated in Granja Carroll, Mexico, where a big, fat, unsanitary concentration-camp pig farm resides. Granja Carroll is a subsidiary of the US company Smithfield Foods, which is the world's largest pork producer.

"Because concentrated animal feeding operations tend to concentrate large numbers of animals close together, they facilitate rapid transmission and mixing of viruses,” said scientists from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2006.*

I've read some interesting responses.

Time to get a twitter account ...

*Mary J. Gilchrist, Christina Greko, David B. Wallinga, George W. Beran, David G. Riley and Peter S. Thorne, "The Potential Role of CAFOs in Infectious Disease Epidemics and Antibiotic Resistance," Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, 14 November 2006.

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