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The Price We Pay for Cheap Meat

This article explores the main reason why scientists believe the swine flu arose: our desire for cheap meat, or in other words factory farming. The author, Johann Hari, correctly explains: "Instead of having just 20 pigs to experiment and evolve in, the virus now has a pool of thousands, constantly infecting and reinfecting each other. The virus can combine and recombine again and again. The ammonium from the waste they live above burns the pigs' respiratory tracts, making it easier yet for viruses to enter them. Better still, the pigs' immune systems are in free-fall. They are stressed, depressed, and permanently in panic, making them far easier to infect. There is no fresh air or sunlight to bolster their natural powers of resistance. They live in air thick with viral loads, and they are exposed every time they breathe in."

To read the full article please search online for Johann Hari: Life-threatening disease is the price we pay for cheap meat

How sad it is that we create so much misery throughout all Creation with our lack of compassion for God's animals. Nothing good can come from exploiting farmed animals while failing at our sacred role of stewards of God's Creation. Maybe, the swine flu is one more wake-up call for humanity to have a change of heart and start honoring all of God's Creation.

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