Want to help prevent future flu pandemics? It’s easy. You don’t have to lobby congress for billions of funding for pandemic research. You don’t have to wear a surgical mask 24×7. No, the best thing you can do is to vote with your dollars. Buy pasture-raised pork and other meats. Really, it’s that easy? Indeed it is. Read this fantastic article from Wired.com.
So next time you go the grocery store to pick up a cellophane wrapped package of meat (how convenient!), or you order that steak or the pork chops off the menu at the restaurant, just realize that you are contributing to system that is killing us. Sounds harsh? Well, it’s time we faced the cold hard facts. So what’s the answer? Find local producers in your area that raise their animals on pasture. They care about the welfare of their animals, their workers, the environment, and their customers.
EatWild.com is a great resource to find local producers. Go to the farmer’s markets, or better yet go to the farms, and know where your food comes from. It could prevent the next flu pandemic.