It's in all the news reports. Swine flu. I think most of us know that it's the inhumane, crowded conditions of factory farms that spread disease, not only to other animals but to humans as well. Just like the scares of e coli bacteria on spinach and alfalfa sprouts. Do plants produce e coli? Or is it the farm next door that contaminate the crops? Who gets blamed and suffers the consequences of this contamination? And instead of "don't eat spinach (or sprouts) it's bad for you" shouldn't we be hearing "There is ongoing investigations of nearby farm industries to stop the abuse of our land through unsafe manure spreading practices which lead to crop contamination."
As you know, the factory farm siting will affect the area around our farm, but I have been studying natural medicine for years and have always been against the inhumane treatment of animals. Is it a surprise to me that another disease is spreading? No. And now, at least some intelligent people are coming out & admitting that the factory farms are responsible in great part for the mutations that causes animal disease to spread to humans.
Here are a few links to stories in today's papers...
Shouldn't the governments in all countries that allow these factory farms to exist be looking into more closely regulating them or better yet, stop the siting of new CAFOs?