The Societal Ramifications & Consequences of the Making and Taking of Food

This site dedicated to the matters of food above and beyond the mere satiation of flavors on one's palette; but rather the ramifications to society from the consequences of how its' production, distribution, and nutrition affect living systems. How we sow, reap, harvest, legislate and base our economic systems on food is key to how we ultimately treat each other and the Earth.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mexican Lawmaker: Factory Farms Are "Breeding Grounds" of Swine Flu Pandemic

David Kirby
Posted April 27, 2009 | 01:19 AM (EST)

Large-scale swine producers in Mexico deny that their industry is the source of the deadly new influenza strain, saying the animals are all healthy, and that it is scientifically "not possible" for hogs to infect people with the illness.

But lawmakers in the eastern state of Veracruz are now charging that large-scale hog and poultry operations are "breeding grounds" of infection that are making people sick and fueling the pandemic.

And in the western state of Guerrero, 500 pigs were just killed after becoming ill with swine flu.

Reading the above passage, how is factory farming and the apparent resulting of an outbreak of a swine aviary virus related to a violation of the principle of biodiversity? How is factory farming meat similar to the monoculturization of vegetable and grain crops?

How can the active employment of the principle of biodiversity prevent these types of outbreaks. Hint- see another post I made today regarding the 10 good reasons for biodiversity.

HINT: What is a super bug?

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