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How to stop the Swine Flu

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.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/05/swineflufarm/

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.

http://www.eatwild.com/

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.

Michael Pollan is My Hero

Please read this. It’s important to our future. Really. I’m not joking.

Oh, and don’t get scared away by the fact it is many pages long. Just sit down and dedicate some time to it.

The Food Issue – An Open Letter to the Next Farmer in Chief – Michael Pollan – NYTimes.com

P.S. Yes, it was published almost 10 days ago and I’m slow in getting it posted. What can I say? I’ve been busy.

Another WTF Moment brought to you by Tyson

Court Orders Tyson to Suspend Ads For Antibiotic-Free Chicken

This excerpt pretty much sums it up –

[Tyson claimed that] injecting eggs with antibiotics did not undermine the “raised without antibiotic” label because the term “raised” is understood to cover the period that begins with hatching.