Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Chicken Farmers to Blame For Avian Influenza

It was reported yesterday that something called The Network for Consumer Protection in Pakistan has determined that the cause of the spread of avian influenza that everyone's been talking about for the last two years is-you guessed it-large scale production of poultry in confinement operations. This, it is said, will destroy small scale poultry production on the farm that provides meat and income for large numbers of indigenous farmers.

Also associated with this trend is the use of growth promoting hormones and antibiotics which, it is speculated, diverts energy that could have been used to enhance immunity in the service of rapid growth.

Well. I'm glad we got that out of the way.



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