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Apr

USDA must take action to prevent an avian flu pandemic

(Beyond Pesticides, April 18, 2022) Industrial poultry farms – usually indoors and in crowded conditions – are the perfect incubator for pandemic influenza. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “These involve the bringing together of large numbers of genetically identical animals of the same age (young) and same sex, with a rotation fast and ‘full, full.’ The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is delaying organic rules that would require meaningful outdoor access and prevent indoor crowding. Influenza pandemics have killed millions people – between 20 and 40 million people died in the 1918 pandemic, one million in 1957 and one to three million in 1968. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “influenza viruses from type A are the most important for public health because of their potential to cause an influenza pandemic. There are several subtypes of type A flu, which come from birds. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been 700 human cases of the H5N1 subtype since 2003, and only 40% have survived. Tell the USDA to promulgate a strong standard for organic livestock and poultry. Tell the USDA to protect against flu pandemics by applying the same rules to all poultry. Because avian flu poses a risk to […]


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