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Monday, April 27, 2009

Blog for Iowa: Another reason to not like CAFOs - Swine flu

Excerpted from this post at Blog for Iowa

Industry calls these massive compounds "confined animal feeding
operations," or CAFOs (KAY-fohs), though most people know them simply
as "factory farms." ... Officials from the CDC and USDA will likely
arrive in Mexico soon to help investigate the deadly new influenza
virus that managed to jump from pigs to people in a previously unseen
mutated form that can readily spread among humans. One of the first
things they will want to look at are the hundreds of industrial-scale
hog facilities that have sprung up around Mexico in recent years, and
the thousands of people employed inside the crowded, pathogen-filled
confinement buildings and processing plants.

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