Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Outbreak Could Be Linked to Smithfield Factory Farms


Those of you who are dead-set on framing this as some sort of NWO lab-created virus intended for global depopulation will undoubtedly dismiss this as propaganda, smokescreen, or cover-up, but the potential for the origins of this deadly new flu strain being factory farms is quite substantial. Many have long been warning about the dangerous conditions of factory farming, and how, when combined with the now globalized movement of people and goods, we are presented with an unprecedented situation for outbreak and pandemic. Had such global movement of people and goods been present during the 1918 outbreak, the casualties would undoubtedly been much higher.

Also see: GOP Pigs Stripped ‘Flu Pandemic Preparedness’ From Stimulus: Republican politicking continues to put the whole nation at risk.

[Posted By ShiftShapers]
By Tom Philpott
Republished from
There are allegations that Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork packer and hog producer, is linked to the swine flu outbreak.

The outbreak of a new flu strain-a nasty mash-up of swine, avian, and human viruses-has infected 1,000 people in Mexico and the U.S., killing 68. The World Health Organization warned Saturday that the outbreak could reach global pandemic levels.

Is Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork packer and hog producer, linked to the outbreak? Smithfield operates massive hog-raising operations Perote, Mexico, in the state of Vera Cruz, where the outbreak originated. The operations, grouped under a Smithfield subsidiary called Granjas Carroll, raise 950,000 hogs per year, according to the company Web site.

On Friday, the U.S. disease-tracking blog Biosurveillance published a timeline of the outbreak containing this nugget, dated April 6 (major tip of the hat to Paula Hay, who alerted me to the Smithfield link on the Comfood listserv and has written about it on her blog, Peak Oil Entrepreneur):

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…

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