April 28, 2009

hogs and the swine flu

flooded hog factory

"In September 1999, almost immediately after receiving two strikes from Hurricane Dennis, Hurricane Floyd came roaring through Eastern North Carolina. In his path lay nearly 2,000 factory farm cesspools loaded with hundreds of millions of gallons of toxic fecal waste, wastewater treatment plants, factories and communities, many of which were in the flood plain." source and photo

And is this a coincidence that the year before this flooding a "highly pathogenic strain" wiped out thousands of sows in North Carolina:

"Since its identification during the Great Depression, H1N1 swine flu had only drifted slightly from its original genome. Then in 1998 a highly pathogenic strain began to decimate sows on a farm in North Carolina and new, more virulent versions began to appear almost yearly, including a variant of H1N1 that contained the internal genes of H3N2 (the other type-A flu circulating among humans)".

From Common Dreams; Swine Flu Crisis Lays Bare the Meat Industry's Monstrous Power

And see Tom Philpott: Swine-flu outbreak could be linked to Smithfield factory farms
regarding the epicenter in big Hog country Vera Cruz

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