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Bird Flu Is Slamming Factory Farms But Sparing Backyard Flocks. Why?

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According to Hon S. Ip, a virologist at the US Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center, it's a genuine mystery. Backyard flocks typically roam outdoors, in ready contact with wild birds, which are thought to be the origin of the virus. Their commercial counterparts live in tight confinement under strict "biosecurity" protocols: birds are shielded from contact with the outdoors; workers change into special boots and coveralls—or even shower—before entering facilities, etc.

Ip said that wild birds could be spreading the virus in one of two ways: directly, by bringing chickens and turkeys into contact with infected feces; or indirectly, through wind-borne particles that, say, blow through vents in a confined facility. "If that's how it's spreading, you'd expect backyard flocks to be widely affected too, but they don't seem to be," he told me. Moreover, it has continued to spread in Iowa, even after the egg industry had ample time to ramp up biosecurity. All of this suggests something else, besides wild birds, might be the cause, Ip added.

USDA secretary Tom Vilsack speculated that the virus could be entering farms through biosecurity breaches.

But what? He has no idea, he said. And nor, apparently, does anyone else. In a recent news item [paywalled], the journal Science declared the outbreak "enigmatic." "All the old dogma about high-path influenza transmission has just gone out the window," Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy here at the University of Minnesota, told the journal. "We're in totally uncharted territory."

Meanwhile, in an interview with Iowa Public Radio, USDA secretary Tom Vilsack speculated that the virus could be entering farms through biosecurity breaches. "We've had circumstances recently where folks have been using pond water, for example, to feed and to water their birds. Well, that's a problem because the pond water could be contaminated," Vilsack said in the interview. "We've had situations where folks are supposed to shower before they go into the facility, but the shower doesn't work, so they go in anyway."

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/05/ongoing-bird-flu-crisis-stumps-experts

 

Gee, could it be because they are crammed in there like sardines and force fed gmos?  Nah, that couldn't be it. 

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Gee, could it be because they are crammed in there like sardines and force fed gmos?  Nah, that couldn't be it. 

Yeah must be something else. Something super scientific. 

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Could it be in the Frankenfood they feed the chickens? My neighbor feeds his cows chicken manure which he says they love. They also get antibiotics, steroids, vaccines.  Who knows what crap is in livestock feed. 

 Once a pathogen is introduced in crowded and inhumane conditions a disease will spread like wildfire. Free range chickens have a healthier lifestyle, access to plants  often. And sunshine.

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Nothing Unnatural will last.  It always destroys itself.  Go against (True) Nature and you will not last.  Do things in accordance with Nature and you will thrive eternally.

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The elites don't  eat gm food. They eat organic. The slop is for us hogs, which is what they think of us. They'd  like to starve us, poison us, and set us up to kill each other in phony-baloney wars. 

We let them abuse us and we abuse Nature.

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Nothing Unnatural will last.  It always destroys itself.  Go against (True) Nature and you will not last.  Do things in accordance with Nature and you will thrive eternally.

​So true. It never corrects itself fast enough for my liking though.

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