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28 april 2009

Varkensgriep komt mogelijk uit de bio-industrie van Smithfield

De mogelijke, wellicht waarschijnlijke link tussen bio-industrie en (de huidige uitbraak van) varkensgriep. Zie ook dit bericht in Het Agrarisch Dagblad (27 april 2009).

Swine-flu outbreak could be linked to Smithfield factory farms, Tom Philpott, April 25, 2009

(...) Is Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork packer and hog producer, linked to the outbreak?

Paula Hay (...) has written about it on her blog:
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.
Zie ook:

Smithfield Foods Company poisoning enviroment with their farms all over the world
By Karga Fantasma, Free Radio Chukshon, April 12, 2009
Smithfield Foods is a global food company that claims to provide good food in a responsible manner.The truth is they have a farm with the brand "Granjas de Carroll" in Perote, Veracruz, Mexico, where they are poisoning potable water, and the environment trowing dead pigs in holes without sanitary measures. They own different brands all over the world. The American subsidiary of this multinational company was expelled from North Carolina and Virginia in the United States for not fulfilling sanitary measures.
In Mexico, there is a movement of environmentalists that have a struggle against this company Carroll Farms. There are now around 20 towns that are part of this movement. 5 activists face charges.
(...) the company throws the chemical remains and excrement from the pigs into the Parote lagune, and the smell it contaminates the whole valley. The settlers from the valley also suffer from water shortage because it is used up on the pig farm. This contamination has been the cause of a epidemic outbreak of pneumonia that was transported by the flies from the lagune towards the town.
This company Smithfield Foods claim to "remain 100 percent committed to environmental leadership, community involvement, employee safety, animal welfare and high-quality food".

Swine Flu Genes From Pigs Only, Not Humans or Birds
By Brandon Keim, Wired Science, April 28, 2009

The Swine Flu Crisis Lays Bare the Meat Industry's Monstrous Power
Mike Davis, Comment Is Free, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Ancestors Born on U.S. Factory Farms

En m'n blognotitie:
Nederland en EU: economisch kortetermijnbelang weegt zwaarder dan tegengaan varkensgriep

Toevoeging juni 2011:

Is Drug Resistance in Humans Coming From Chickens?
Door Maryn McKenna, Wired, 28 juni 2011

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