'Biggest Animal Disease Outbreak We've Ever Had on the Planet: Swine Fever Spreads Like Wildfire Across Asia
Mother Nature Strikes Back — it’s about time!!!
Unfortunately, it doesn’t affect us two-legged swine . . . yet.
Poor pigs. I hope this leads to the total stoppage of humans eating animals.
Strange incidents with wild animals abound these days. Yesterday there was a cloud of ladybugs so large and dense the weather telemetry mistook it for rainfall, in SoCal. Evolution never stops. When basic biological parameters (heat, pressure, humidity) gyrate violently, evolution can and will imagine some wicked crazy notions – like the red tide painting more coastlines.
The briefer the biological generation, the more quickly evolution experiments. Pathogens are no doubt much more subject to ecological disruption than longer-lived organisms like humans and (our not-too-distant relatives) pigs.
Yet another good reason to cut down on meat consumption. Industrial animal production for consumption is a huge contributor to climate disaster. Eating more primary producers (plants) is beneficial to the planet and to people.
Want to bet there’s already a vaccine in the pipeline, and that it will be mandatory?
It does affect humans in a variety of ways, both positive and negative. Hopefully, it will change farming practices that attach consequences in a meaningful way.
Latvian virologist thinks our complacency is part of the problem in a big way:
Nature abhors a vacuum. Monocultures eventually fail.
This inevitable when these animals all caged up in pens barely large enough to turn around in and dosed with ever increasing amounts of drugs so as to prevent disease.
Animals are no where near as prone to these diseases when they have SPACE something that is restricted as space=money and the less space used to raise a given animal the greater the profits.
If you will review the news over the past years on meat recalls , the scale of such recalls in the US and Canada has increased exponentially since industrial agriculture took over as does the frequency.
Many of the deadliest of diseases in Humans originated in animals wherein the virus responsible for the same mutated and jumped the species barrier. This dates way back to past agricultural methods where people often lived in close proximity to the animals they were raising. As example it was not unusual for a home to be attached to a barn or stable.
It was once suggested that concentrated food growing operations would minimize such risks. As it turns out this not true and evidence suggests it makes matters worse.
There is of course 1 major antidote to the spread of this Disease, Stop Eating Pigs that are as friendly and intelligent as our Pet Dogs.
Go Vegan for Personal Health, for the Health of the Animals and for the Health of our Planet.
It is practically barbaric and cannibalistic to be eating fellow Mammals.
Go out tonight and enjoy a delicious sumptuous barbecued Veggie Burger, your body will thank you for it and if prepared properly your taste buds will be overjoyed.
…believed to be harmless to humans and is also known as pig Ebola,
Until it mutates… Andromeda Strain anyone? lol
Good information. With this level of surveillance it should be abundantly clear that this type of agriculture is a bad idea. Pretty much on all levels.
We have a global economy with nearly zero global government. The Asian version of laissez-faire has consequences.
We have ruined all of the world’s antibiotics because pig farms have been microdosing with antibiotics. Too bad. Now we’ll have to redesign hospitals to not infect people and we’ll have to hire more hospital staff, and hospitals hate to spend money.
In any case, a sane government would have clamped down at the first sign of swine flu, and pig farmers would have been forced to raise the pigs in a more flu-resistant environment. Laissez faire.
We should be learning the easy way, but…guess not.
pelosi, mcconnell, trump, still fighting over MONEY while the wildfire burns.
The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history.
It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin.
It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States. Mortality was high in people younger than 5 years old, 20-40 years old, and 65 years and older. The high mortality in healthy people, including those in the 20-40 year age group, was a unique feature of this pandemic.
The Universe is sending the largest signal it can to stop eating animals. Stop wasting precious arable land for their grazing and the growing of feedstocks. It’s easier to get folks to switch their religion than to change their diet. andsoitgoes…
Nature’s dress rehearsal before the inevitable big event to rid herself of the human pestilence?
Maybe, but this is interesting (and controversial):
Also note in the comments section ‘L Hunter Lovins comment’.
Just two comments to all the vegans commenting here: are you seriously suggesting effectively wiping out ALL of Planet Earth’s carnivores and omnivores, or just the human omnivores? And what are we actually going to do with all those pigs (which are also omnivores, by the way) if we stop eating meat? I’m all in favour of a balanced diet, cutting down meat consumption to a reasonable level, AND totally doing away with factory farming of livestock, by the way. (Banning factory farming, incidentally, would inevitably lead to cutting down meat consumption because there would be less meat available - and, of course, it would cost more! I would ban fish farms too - sources of pollution, contamination, infection and infestation of wild stocks; same result. Meat and/or fish as a nutritious treat once or twice a week, maybe? For us plutocrats in the West, anyway…)
Interesting, I think though it is only part of a larger issue of eco systems. And, nature has a very good model. One missing element in farming is nomadic elements and a larger eco system. This is a pretty good example: