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Meatpocalypse redux: Porklips Now

Posted on Apr 27, 2009 by billsimmon in apocalypse now | 4 Comments

This swine flu outbreak that people are calling a potential pandemic and that has killed dozens already and is present in at least North America and Europe may apparently be linked to… (thunder and lightning, please) the meat industry.

The disease-tracking blog, Biosurveillance (via Grist.com, via Gerry Canavan) reports that the disease’s vector is likely a fly that reproduces in pig waste and that the initial outbreaks in Mexico were close to pig farms operated by Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork packer…

Residents [of Perote] believed the outbreak had been caused by contamination from pig breeding farms located in the area. They believed that the farms, operated by Granjas Carroll, polluted the atmosphere and local water bodies, which in turn led to the disease outbreak. According to residents, the company denied responsibility for the outbreak and attributed the cases to “flu.” However, a municipal health official stated that preliminary investigations indicated that the disease vector was a type of fly that reproduces in pig waste and that the outbreak was linked to the pig farms. It was unclear whether health officials had identified a suspected pathogen responsible for this outbreak.

I knew bacon would probably kill me one day, but this isn’t how I imagined it would go down.

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  1. On April 27, 2009, Hal said:

    LOL “I knew bacon would probably kill me one day, but this isn’t how I imagined it would go down.”

    I read this morning that some think the strain shows a weaponized aspect to the virus. I don’t know how true it is but you can read it here: http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_4631.shtml

    I thought it interesting this morning how the markets around the world have been reacting to the news by selling off. Though the financial markets don’t seem to be to concerned by it now. DOW opened down but is up now by 33 points and gold and silver are holding steady judging by the widget ( http://www.learcapital.com/exactprice ).

    Of course if this flu does start popping up all over the place this week though, you can expect the markets to get real scared. So people, wash your hands and carry around some of that antiseptic hand wash stuff.

  2. On April 27, 2009, Spine said:

    Factory farming at fault? That doesn’t make any sense. Here’s what it says on Smithfield Foods’ website:

    Food is unforgettable memories.
    Food is pure joy. Food is family and friends.

    And whether it’s a Smithfield® spiral sliced ham, John Morrell® cocktail smokies, Farmland® hickory smoked bacon, Butterball® turkey or any of our other delicious options, good food is precisely what Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies bring to tables around the world every day.

    See? No mention of pig waste or disease. You owe all factory farmers an apology, Bill.

  3. On April 28, 2009, Spine said:

    Mike Davis in the Guardian:

    <a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/apr/27/swine-flu-mexico-health”The swine flu crisis lays bare the meat industry’s monstrous power

  4. On April 28, 2009, Spine said:

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