The Swine Flu Crisis Lays Bare The Meat Industry's Monstrous Power
"In 1965, for instance, there were 53m US hogs on more than 1m farms; today, 65m hogs are concentrated in 65,000 facilities. This has been a transition from old-fashioned pig pens to vast excremental hells, containing tens of thousands of animals with weakened immune systems suffocating in heat and manure while exchanging pathogens at blinding velocity with their fellow inmates.So, we're pouring as many potentially volatile organisms as we can into a test tube, shaking it, then closing our eyes?
Any amelioration of this new pathogen ecology would have to confront the monstrous power of livestock conglomerates such as Smithfield Farms (pork and beef) and Tyson (chickens)."
"According to the Washington Post, the CDC did not learn about the outbreak until six days after Mexico had begun to impose emergency measures."This is not good surveillance; rather, this is failed surveillance. It's especially troubling that the failure involved one of the richest, most powerful, and most "prepared" nations in the world. What if this virus was (or becomes) more deadly? Would people still wave off proclamations like, "It's too late to contain it"? When that's exactly what we're paying our governments to do ... contain it?
Someone should be watching the test tube, Mr. President.
"A boiling tube is a special variety of test tube that is made specifically for boiling samples. Most boiling tubes are made of borosilicate glass. These thick-walled tubes are usually about 50% larger than average test tubes. The larger diameter allows samples to boil with less chance of bubbling over. The walls of a boiling tube are intended to be immersed in a burner flame."