The inspirational headline reads Poultry
markets in China 'are vast bird flu reservoir'
. The recommended solution is to close China's live poultry markets to "prevent human disease
and protect public health''
. Next step: Factory farms.
Just so you know, it's all Bull Puckey. Forget China's live poultry markets - our whole planet and its wildlife are vast reservoirs of deadly
diseases. If you want to see it that way. Lots of nasty viruses are loose in the wild, and new zoonoses (diseases that spread from animals to people,
and around and back again) are appearing with regularity. Wild birds have so many deadly strains and clades of bird flu they can't count 'em; wild
bats have MERS and SARS; mice have Hantavirus; mosquitoes carry West Nile; our soil is contaminated with prions; there be rabies and hemorrhagic
fevers and AIDS out there! Oh no!
Our leaders can't think beyond wars, battles and fortresses. But talking about a SARS-like virus that can jump directly from wild bat-to-human, Peter
Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, said:
"It changes the equation" for public health…
"We can close all the markets in China and still have a
Drop the Doom Porn
This is how evolution works. It's how we got to the top of the food chain.
If Earth and its wildlife really are vast reservoirs of deadly diseases, then so are humans - and we all always have been. We all share and exchange
microbes, viruses and nano-particles with regularity. Hell, we are supra-organisms: we ARE a vast collection of microbes, viruses and nano-particles,
every single individual one of us. We survive
environmental change by passing around, sharing and exchanging microbes, viruses and
nano-particles. That's how evolution works. It's not about survival of the fittest; it's about survival of the adapted
. But you can't
adapt to change if you try to hide and avoid every little exposure. In fact, microbes and viruses are a big part of our evolutionary survival toolkit
- our First Responders when the environment changes and threatens our survival. They share their successful mutations and adaptations with us.
The natural system works. It's the industrial tinkering and interventions that muck things up.
I grew up on a small family farm long ago. I remember my Dad and other small farmers from our town sitting around our wood stove talking about how
' was pushing them to use chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. They were all uneducated, but wise in the way of the
land. Here's the gist of what I remember from their conversations:
* The Earth has its own ways of cleaning and balancing things.
* Soil is a mechanical filter.
* Plants and animals are biological filters.
* By the time diseases get to humans, they've been "sanitized" enough so we can handle them.
* You never know what will happen if you start using chemicals - "they" say it's safe but "they" don't really know.
* What if the chemicals interfere with the lands' natural order?
* Best not to tinker. Might muck up the works.
Long story short, their common wisdom did not
prevail because the pot was sweetened with government subsidies and corporate grants, aka
bribes, and they all needed the cash. So they, and their children, became guinea pigs in a corporate experiment on human beings. But that's another
story. Interesting though, many scientists and researchers now have come to similar conclusions made by my uneducated Dad and his uneducated friends.
Industrial agriculture and other industrial activities have not only changed the environment but are accelerating and interfering with natural
evolutionary processes. The escalation was first and most evident in microbes and viruses. 50-odd years into it, we are in the middle of the 6th Mass
Extinction. Humans are not immune.
The Fortress Solution
Now-common wisdom identifies the problem and solution simplistically - the Earth is a dangerous place, so we need to:
* Isolate and protect our food sources -and ourselves- from the dangers; and
* Develop medicines and medical technologies to recover and maintain our un
adapted evolutionary state.
The recommended "solution" to the "problem" is to raise all food animals in enclosed factory farms - "protected" from "dangerous" exposures to other
animals and the world-at-large. Plans are also in the works to develop enclosed greenhouses to grow all our food plants - and so, "protect" our
plant-based foods from "dangerous" exposures to the world-at-large. The final step will be to herd the human population into "safe," enclosed and
"self-sustaining" dwellings and cities aka
bubbles. When the bubbles open, humans will be recognized officially as disease reservoirs too, and
any individual suspected of "carrying" any infectious or genetic disease or "negative trait" will not be allowed access to the new, 'biologically safe
and secure' enclosures.
In fact, "enclosure" creates even smaller petrie dishes than our planet does - with far greater dangers of new mutations developing into even deadlier
diseases. Diseases tend to thrive in enclosed environments. Evidence from factory farms to cruise ships and space capsules show that enclosures are
far more dangerous than our Earth.
Factory farms can create public health concerns beyond foodborne illness. Because
over-crowded animals are susceptible to infection and disease, most industrial livestock facilities
treat the animals with low-levels of antibiotics to prevent illness and also promote weight gain. By creating a breeding ground for
antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the sub-therapeutic dosages used on millions of factory-farmed livestock can reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics
for human patients. The feed used for livestock can also introduce public health threats.
Norovirus infection outbreaks (NoVOs) occur frequently in closed populations, such as
cruise ship passengers.
Hepatitis E outbreak on cruise
A large outbreak of influenza A and B on a cruise ship causing widespread
Effects of radiation and latent virus on immune responses in a space flight
This small animal model of space flight suggests that the combined effects of radiation and virus replication will significantly affect
T-lymphocyte-mediated immunity that may lead to chronic viral infection and malignancy.
The hazards of long-duration space flight are real and unacceptable.
edit on 6/11/13 by soficrow because: tinkerng