may 3rd, 2009
swine flu, thanks to the factory farms of america.
i was listening to yet another very interesting program on kqed forum where they interviewed michael pollan, author of 'the omnivore's dilemma' and other books about america's food policy, which as he attributes to a gent named raj patel, is "stuffing america and starving others". not to mention creating a nation of diabetics, fed on the highly-subsidized corn that has been turned into high-fructose corn syrup.
i am glad i don't eat meat. the hindu ancients were right, once again.
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America's top pork producer churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers, killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA history. Welcome to the dark side of the other white meat.
A lot of pig shit is one thing; a lot of highly toxic pig shit is another. The excrement of Smithfield hogs is hardly even pig shit: On a continuum of pollutants, it is probably closer to radioactive waste than to organic manure. The reason it is so toxic is Smithfield's efficiency. The company produces 6 billion pounds of packaged pork each year. That's a remarkable achievement, a prolificacy unimagined only two decades ago, and the only way to do it is to raise pigs in astonishing, unprecedented concentrations.
How the Swine flu exploded in Mexico
Courtesy of Smithfield Farms from America