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What does the Swine Flu and the Child Nutrition Act have in common?

Every day during the school year, more than 30 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches under the federal National School Lunch Program, and 10 million get breakfast under the National School Breakfast Program. Pork is included in many of the meals served through those important programs. http://www.porkmag.com/news_editorial.asp?pgID=768&ed_id=7604

The vegetarians and animal rights groups are trying to eliminate meat from school programs as the Child Nutrition Act is about to expire TODAY- September 30, 2009. “Organizations also are calling for the programs to include less or no processed meat, claiming that such “high-fat” products are contributing to obesity, heart disease and cancer.”  Like taking your kid to McDonald’s doesn’t?

…during congressional debate on the Child Nutrition Act is the safety of food. People want to know — as well they should — that the food they eat is free from pathogens that can cause illness and even death. Recent food-safety scares, ironically involving fruits and vegetables, have prompted Congress to review the nation’s food-safety system. This may spawn efforts to include in the child nutrition law new safety regimens for food production, limits on antibiotic use and restrictions on certain animal production practices.”

“The National Pork Producers Council is lobbying members of Congress to keep such mischief out of the Child Nutrition Act and to oppose efforts to reduce or eliminate pork from the school breakfast and lunch menus.”

The irony in citing food safety is that there is no mention of Swine Flu.  Twenty countries have banned imports of pigs, pork and other meat in response to the H1N1 flu strain that has infected both people and swine. This despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and the Pork Industry and others have made it clear that swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food and you cannot get the flu from eating pork or pork products.

From the site “Civil Eats” http://civileats.com/2009/09/08/cafo-workers-and-unchecked-swine-flu/comment-page-1/#comment-3997

The United States Department of Agriculture agreed last week to buy an additional $30 million dollars worth of pork from the ailing pork industry, for a total of $151 million dollars purchased this year, as recompense for supposed damage wrought by the emergence of the swine flu in our common public lexicon (and the result will no doubt keep kids in public schools flush with factory-farmed sausage pizza this year).”

Did $30 million of our tax dollars buy healthy pigs? 

Environmental Health Perspectives’ (EHP) cover story this month by Charles W. Schmidt focuses on the issue in detail, reigniting questions surrounding our country’s current standard animal industry practices:

…one potential source of the original outbreak—swine farming in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)—has received comparatively little attention by public health officials. CAFOs house animals by the thousands in crowded indoor facilities. But the same economy-of-scale efficiencies that allow CAFOs to produce affordable meat for so many consumers also facilitate the mutation of viral pathogens into novel strains that can be passed on to farm workers and veterinarians, according to Gregory Gray, director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Civil Eats goes on to note- CAFOs fall through regulatory cracks when it comes to sampling for novel viruses that could make people sick. [Associate director for epidemiologic science in the Influenza Division of the CDC Carolyn Bridges] explains that producers have little incentive to test for swine influenza’s, in part because they aren’t included on a list of 150 “reportable illnesses” that, when detected, must be documented with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

http://www.oie.int/eng/en_index.htm says:

should the presence of the “pandemic H1N1 2009 virus” be detected on a farm, the holding should be subject to a surveillance plan and movement restrictions applied until recovery; the transfer of clinically healthy pigs from the farm to the slaughterhouse can be done using basic bio-security measures. ;

  • the culling of pigs will not help to guard against public or animal health risks presented by the virus. As for any other disease, slaughtering of sick pigs for human consumption is not recommended
  • pork and pork products, handled in accordance with good hygienic practices jointly recommended by the WHO, FAO, Codex Alimentarius Commission and the OIE, are not a source of infection from the virus;
  • Alas, the first cases of Swine Flu reportedly came from near Smithfield Foods massive hog-raising operations Perote, Mexico, in the state of Vera Cruz.

    “CAFO workers can also pick up H1N1 infections and experience a range of symptoms depending on their own immunity, says Gray. In humans, what makes novel H1N1 unique is its remarkable and still mysterious capacity for person-to-person transmission. http://www.ehponline.org/members/2009/117-9/focus.html

    “With massive concentrations of farm animals within whom to mutate, these new swine flu viruses in North America seem to be on an evolutionary fast track, jumping and reassorting between species at an unprecedented rate.  This reassorting, Webster’s team concludes, makes the 65 million strong U.S. pig population an “increasingly important reservoir of viruses with human pandemic potential. http://www.hsus.org/farm/news/ournews/swine_flu_virus_origin_1998_042909.html

    Chicken fairs no better from the folks at Factory Farming http://www.hsus.org/farm/resources/research/pubhealth/public_health_avian_influenza.html– “Genetic selection for productivity and the stressful, overcrowded, and unhygienic confinement of animals in industrial poultry production systems facilitate immune suppression in birds already bred with weakened immunity, offering viruses like avian influenza ample opportunities for spread, amplification, and mutation. Placing genetically un-diverse birds into these kinds of unsanitary environments with inadequate ventilation and sunlight exposure is believed to provide a ripe “breeding ground” for the emergence and spread of such diseases as virulent avian influenza—diseases with human public health implications.

    Will the kids miss out on free bacon and eggs tomorrow while they wait in line for the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccinations in school?

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    “Bacon tastes good, Pork Chops tastes good. A sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie but I’d never know cause I’d never eat the filthy mother fu%^er.” God love Quentin Tarantino and the domestic pig- Sus scrofa.  Tarantino’s new movie  Inglourious Basterds, is about a band of Jewish-American soldiers on a scalp-hunting revenge quest against the Nazis which is to have its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20.  The film may or may not have pigs in it.

    All those holier than thou folks that avoid pig have no idea just how good pig tastes let alone how much the pig has provided for humanity.  Besides being one of the most commonly consumed meats, we use almost every part of the pig for one thing or another.

    Bones & skin are used for glue, pigskin garments, gloves, shoes and footballs.  Hair is used for artist’s brushes, insulation, upholstery. Dried bones are used for buttons, bone china.  Pigs are a source of nearly 40 drugs and pharmaceuticals such as insulin. Animal insulins saved millions of lives.   Pig heart valves are surgically implanted in humans to replace diseased valves.

    Recipients of pig valves to repair heart damage put religious beliefs aside when it comes to saving their own ass.

    The Jews and surprisingly, Christians are forbidden from eating pork. Here is a quote from the Old Testament to that effect: “And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.” Deuteronomy 14:8

    The 3,000 year old Confucian Book of Rites says, “A gentleman does not eat the flesh of pigs and dogs.” Ancient China recognized pork-eating as the root of many human ailments. Buddhists, Jains and Hindus usually avoid eating any kind of meat. The verses 2:173, 5:3, 6:145, and 16:115 of the Qur’an forbids Muslims by God to eat the meat of the pig.

    Seeing as so many religions bar the eating of pig, it’s no wonder the pig is often a lucky charm, sort of a rabbits foot if you will-in Germany, Austria, England, and Ireland, as well as some Anglo Americans. The tradition is that pigs bring good luck — especially at the New Year — is apparently Teutonic in origin.The Chinese Zodiac says those born in the Year of The Pig are is a fun and enlightening personality blessed with patience and understanding. People born under the sign of the Pig enjoy life and all it has to offer, including family and friends. 

    In Cincinnati, they have the flying pig marathon.  http://www.flyingpigmarathon.com/ .  http://www.pigradio.com/ offer music on line. Feed the pig reminds us to save our pennies with the most ridiculous looking animated piggy bank  I have ever seen http://www.feedthepig.org/. For a fabulous peanut butter cheese tart recipe check out http://noblepig.com/ and http://recipe.com has a whole list of delightful pork recipes from on the grill, the frying pan, the oven and even the microwave.  http://www.pigradio.com/ offer music.  Should you be so inclined to raise pigs- http://raisingpigs.blogspot.com/

    Twenty countries have banned imports of pigs, pork and other meat in response to the H1N1 flu strain that has infected both people and swine. This despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and others have made it clear that swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food and you cannot get the flu from eating pork or pork products.The National Pork Producers Council has a flurry of new ads reminding people that pork is safe. pork is safe

    From WAPO  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/10/AR2009051002064_pf.html “The U.S. pork industry, battered by import bans by nearly two dozen countries worried about the H1N1 flu outbreak, could soon receive some help from the government, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday.”  While tracing the lineage of H1N1 flu, a pork industry bailout might lay in tax payer’s future.

    On the anniversary of reggae artist Bob Marley’s death,5.11 http://encyclopedia.tfd.com/Bob+Marley many of Marley’s songs contained Biblical references, sometimes using wordplay to fuse activism and religion, as in “Revolution” and “Revelation”:

      Revelation reveals the truth …  
      It takes a revolution to make a solution …

    H1N1 Swine Flu is indeed a revolution in genetic mutation that appears to have been created and released in a lab in Russia or China, not from a pig in Mexico.  How science and governments find a solution is yet to be determined.  In the mean time, give me my eggs and bacon for breakfast, a hot sausage sandwich smothered in peppers and onions and pork chops for dinner.  Note to self- remember cholesterol meds.

    Yep, pig is good.  The flu, not so good.

    sourced: http://www.themodernreligion.com/misc/hh/pork.html ; http://eatpig.com/ ; http://www.luckymojo.com/luckypig.html ; http://www.usbridalguide.com/special/chinesehoroscopes/Pig.htm 

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