Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Farmed pandemic

"No-one yet knows whether swine flu will become a global pandemic, but it is becoming clear where it came from – most likely a giant pig factory farm run by an American multinational corporation in Veracruz, Mexico.(1)

These factory farms are disgusting and dangerous, and they're rapidly multiplying. Thousands of pigs are brutally crammed into dirty warehouses and sprayed with a cocktail of drugs -- posing a health risk to more than just our food -- they and their manure lagoons create the perfect conditions to breed dangerous new viruses like swine flu. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) must investigate and develop regulations for these farms to protect global health.

Big agrobusiness will try to obstruct and scuttle any attempts at reform, so we need a massive outcry that health authorities can't ignore. Sign the petition below for investigation and regulation of factory farms and tell your friends and family "

From Avaaz


Jad Aoun said...

The issue will eventually come down to how we balance the need to feed an ever growing and demanding population while maintaining high levels of food safety standards.

Maybe its time we move away from the idea of using massive, high production farms to something of somewhat a smaller scale? May "de-corporatizing" the agricultural sector?

Rania Masri said...

Actually it came from North Carolina first.