Is Agri-biz at the root of swine flu?
As worries of an international flu pandemic spread around the glob, the world health organisation WHO is yet to confirm the source of the outbreak. However evidence is mounting that the virus originate from an industrial pig farm in central Mexican state of Veracruz.
Mexican media have been reporting on a breakout of a mysterious respiratory infection as early as April 6th. The national daily La Jornada wrote that the outbreak has infected more then 300 residence of the town of La Gloria. The article quoted local and national authorities tracing the virus to a massive pig’s shit lagoon at a factory farm operated by ‘Granjas Carroll de Mexico’, which is 50 percent owned by Virginia-based ‘Smithfield Foods, Inc.’- the world larger producer of pork. Smithfield maintains that none of it’s employees nor pigs have shown any signs of infection.