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    Mexican Flu Farms Mean Mucho Dinero for SomeFlying Pigs, Tamiflu and Factory Farms By F. William Engdahl What do Smithfield Foods and Donald Rumsfeld have to
    Message 1 of 1 , May 5, 2009
      Mexican Flu Farms Mean Mucho Dinero for SomeFlying Pigs, Tamiflu and Factory Farms

      By F. William Engdahl

      What do Smithfield Foods and Donald Rumsfeld have to do with the global
      swine flu scare? Author F. William Engdahl's informative article, which
      details the links between factory farms, spin doctors, the pork
      industry, and drug companies, explains all.

      Before you race to the doctor for a Tamiflu vaccine, read this piece.
      You might think twice about helping Mr. Rumsfeld and his buddies at
      Roche pay for their vacations (surely they don't do Acapulco these
      days, maybe St. Barts though).

      If we are to believe what our trusted international media report, the
      world is on the brink of a global pandemic outbreak of a new deadly
      strain of flu, H1N1 as it has been labelled, or more popularly, Swine
      Flu. As the story goes, the outbreak of the deadly flu was first
      discovered in Mexico. According to press reports, after several days,
      headlines reported as many as perhaps 150 deaths in Mexico were
      believed caused by this virulent people-killing pig virus that has
      spread to humans and now is allegedly being further spread from human
      to human. Cases were being reported hourly from Canada to Spain and
      beyond. The only thing wrong with this story is that it is largely
      based on lies, hype and coverup of possible real causes of Mexican

      April 29, 2009 "Global Research" — One website, revealingly named Swine
      Flu Vaccine, reports the alarming news, ‘One out of every five
      residents of Mexico's most populous city wore masks to protect
      themselves against the virus as Mexico City seems to be the epicenter
      of the outbreak. As many as 103 deaths have been attributed to the
      swine flu so far with many more feared to be on the horizon. The health
      department of Mexico said an additional 1,614 reported cases have been
      documented.’ We are told that the H1N1 ‘shares genetic material from
      human, avian and swine influenza viruses.’1

      Airports around the world have installed passenger temperature scans to
      identify anyone with above normal body temperature as possible suspect
      for swine flu. Travel to Mexico has collapsed. Sales of flu vaccines,
      above all Tamiflu from Roche Inc., have exploded in days. People have
      stopped buying pork fearing certain death. The World Health
      Organization has declared a ‘a public health emergency of international
      concern,’ defined by them as ‘an occurrence or imminent threat of
      illness or health conditions caused by bioterrorism, epidemic or
      pandemic disease, or highly fatal infectious agents or toxins that pose
      serious risk to a significant number of people.’2

      What are the symptoms of this purported Swine Flu? That’s not at all
      clear according to virologists and public health experts. They say
      Swine Flu symptoms are relatively general and nonspecific. ‘So many
      different things can cause these symptoms. it is a dilemma,’ says one
      doctor interviewed by CNN. ‘There is not a perfect test right now to
      let a doctor know that a person has the Swine Flu.’ It has been noted
      that most individuals with Swine Flu had an early on set of fever. Also
      it was common to see dizziness, body aches and vomiting in addition to
      the common sneezing, headache and other cold symptoms. These are
      symptoms so general as to say nothing.

      The US Government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta states
      on its official website, ‘Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory
      disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular
      outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human
      infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to
      spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was
      limited and not sustained beyond three people.’ Nonetheless they add,
      ‘CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is
      contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time,
      it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people.’3

      How many media that have grabbed on the headline ‘suspected case of
      Swine Flu’ in recent days bother to double check with the local health
      authorities to ask some basic questions? For example, the number of
      confirmed cases of H1N1 and their location? The number of deaths
      confirmed to have resulted from H1N1? Dates of both? Number of
      suspected cases and of suspected deaths related to the Swine Flu

      Click here to read the entire article.

      Some known facts

      According to Biosurveillance, itself part of Veratect, a US Pentagon
      and Government-linked epidemic reporting center, on April 6, 2009 local
      health officials declared a health alert due to a respiratory disease
      outbreak in La Gloria, Perote Municipality, Veracruz State, Mexico.

      They reported, ‘Sources characterized the event as a ‘strange’ outbreak
      of acute respiratory infection, which led to bronchial pneumonia in
      some pediatric cases. According to a local resident, symptoms included
      fever, severe cough, and large amounts of phlegm. Health officials
      recorded 400 cases that sought medical treatment in the last week in La
      Gloria, which has a population of 3,000; officials indicated that 60%
      of the town’s population (approximately 1,800 cases) has been affected.
      No precise timeframe was provided, but sources reported that a local
      official had been seeking health assistance for the town since
      February.’ What they later say is ‘strange’ is not the form of the
      illness but the time of year as most flu cases occur in Mexico in the
      period October to February.

      The report went on to note, ‘Residents claimed that three pediatric
      cases, all under two years of age, died from the outbreak. However,
      health officials stated that there was no direct link between the
      pediatric deaths and the outbreak; they stated the three fatal cases
      were "isolated" and "not related" to each other.’

      Then, most revealingly, the aspect of the story which has been largely
      ignored by major media, they reported, ‘Residents believed the outbreak
      had been caused by contamination from pig breeding farms located in the
      area. They believed that the farms, operated by Granjas Carroll,
      polluted the atmosphere and local water bodies, which in turn led to
      the disease outbreak. According to residents, the company denied
      responsibility for the outbreak and attributed the cases to "flu."
      However, a municipal health official stated that preliminary
      investigations indicated that the disease vector was a type of fly that
      reproduces in pig waste and that the outbreak was linked to the pig

      Since the dawn of American ‘agribusiness,’ a project initiated with
      funding by the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1950s to turn farming into
      a pure profit maximization business, US pig or hog production has been
      transformed into a highly efficient, mass production industrialized
      enterprise from birth to slaughter. Pigs are caged in what are called
      Factory Farms, industrial concentrations which are run with the
      efficiency of a Dachau or Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. They are
      all conceived by artificial insemination and once born, are regularly
      injected with antibiotics, not because of illnesses which abound in the
      hyper-crowded growing pens, but in order to make them grow and add
      weight faster. Turn around time to slaughter is a profit factor of
      highest priority. The entire operation is vertically integrated from
      conception to slaughter to transport distribution to supermarket.

      Granjas Carroll de Mexico (GCM) happens to be such a Factory Farm
      concentration facility for hogs. In 2008 they produced almost one
      million factory hogs, 950,000 according to their own statistics. GCM is
      a joint venture operation owned 50% by the world’s largest pig
      producing industrial company, Smithfield Foods of Virginia.5 The pigs
      are grown in a tiny rural area of Mexico, a member of the North
      American Free Trade Agreement, and primarily trucked across the border
      to supermarkets in the USA, under the Smithfields’ family of labels.
      Most American consumers have no idea where the meat was raised.

      Now the story becomes interesting.

      Manure Lagoons and other playing fields

      The Times of London interviewed the mother of 4-year-old Edgar
      Hernandez of La Gloria in Veracruz, the location of the giant
      Smithfield Foods hog production facility. Their local reporter notes,
      ‘Edgar Hernández plays among the dogs and goats that roam through the
      streets, seemingly unaware that the swine flu he contracted a few weeks
      ago — the first known case — has almost brought his country to a
      standstill and put the rest of the world on alert. ‘I feel great,’ the
      five-year-old boy said. ‘But I had a headache and a sore throat and a
      fever for a while. I had to lay down in bed.’’

      The reporters add, ‘It was confirmed on Monday (April 27 2009-w.e.)
      that Edgar was the first known sufferer of swine flu, a revelation that
      has put La Gloria and its surrounding factory pig farms and ‘manure
      lagoons’ at the centre of a global race to find how this new and deadly
      strain of swine flu emerged.’ 6

      That’s quite interesting. They speak of ‘La Gloria and its surrounding
      factory pig farms and ‘manure lagoons.’ Presumably the manure lagoons
      around the LaGloria factory pig farm of Smithfield Foods are the waste
      dumping place for the feces and urine waste from at least 950,000 pigs
      a year that pass through the facility. The Smithfield’s Mexico joint
      venture, Norson, states that alone they slaughter 2,300 pigs daily.
      That’s a lot. It gives an idea of the volumes of pig waste involved in
      the concentration facility at La Gloria.

      Significantly, according to the Times reporters, ‘residents of La
      Gloria have been complaining since March that the odour from Granjas
      Carroll’s pig waste was causing severe respiratory infections. They
      held a demonstration this month at which they carried signs of pigs
      crossed with an X and marked with the word peligro (danger).’7 There
      have been calls to exhume the bodies of the children who died of
      pneumonia so that they could be tested. The state legislature of
      Veracruz has demanded that Smithfield’s Granjas Carroll release
      documents about its waste-handling practices. Smithfield Foods
      reportedly declined to comment on the request, saying that it would
      ‘not respond to rumours.’8

      A research compilation by Ed Harris reported, ‘According to residents,
      the company denied responsibility for the outbreak and attributed the
      cases to ‘flu.’ However, a municipal health official stated that
      preliminary investigations indicated that the disease vector was a type
      of fly that reproduces in pig waste and that the outbreak was linked to
      the pig farms.’9 That would imply that the entire Swine Flu scare might
      have originated from the PR spin doctors of the world’s largest
      industrial pig factory farm operation, Smithfield Foods.

      The Vera Cruz-based newspaper La Marcha blames Smithfield’s Granjos
      Carroll for the outbreak, highlighting inadequate treatment of massive
      quantities of animal waste from hog production.10

      Understandably the company is perhaps more than a bit uncomfortable
      with the sudden attention. The company, which supplies the McDonald’s
      and Subway fast-food chains, was fined $12.3 million in the United
      States 1997 for violating the Clean Water Act. Perhaps they are in a
      remote tiny Mexican rural area enjoying a relatively lax regulatory
      climate where they need not worry about being cited for violations of
      any Clean Water Act.

      Factory Farms as toxic concentrations

      At the very least the driving force for giant industrial agribusiness
      outsourcing of facilities to third world sites such as Veracruz, Mexico
      has more to do with further cost reduction and lack of health and
      safety scrutiny than it does with improving the health and safety
      quality of the food end product. It has been widely documented and
      subject of US Congressional reports that large-scale indoor animal
      production facilities such as that of Granjos Carroll are notorious
      breeding grounds for toxic pathogens.

      A recent report by the US Pew Foundation in cooperation with the Johns
      Hopkins School of Public Health notes, ‘the method of producing food
      animals in the United States has changed from the extensive system of
      small and medium-sized farms owned by a single family to a system of
      large, intensive operations where the animals are housed in large
      numbers in enclosed structures that resemble industrial buildings more
      than they do a traditional barn. That change has happened primarily out
      of view of consumers but has come at a cost to the environment and a
      negative impact on public health, rural communities, and the health and
      well-being of the animals themselves.' 11

      The Pew study notes, ‘The diversified, independent, family-owned farms
      of 40 years ago that produced a variety of crops and a few animals are
      disappearing as an economic entity, replaced by much larger, and often
      highly leveraged, farm factories. The animals that many of these farms
      produce are owned by the meat packing companies from the time they are
      born or hatched right through their arrival at the processing plant and
      from there to market.’ 12

      The study emphasizes that application of ‘untreated animal waste on
      cropland can contribute to excessive nutrient loading, contaminate
      surface waters, and stimulate bacteria and algal growth and subsequent
      reductions in dissolved oxygen concentrations in surface waters.’13

      That is where the real investigation ought to begin, with the health
      and sanitary dangers of the industrial factory pig farms like the one
      at Perote in Veracruz. The media spread of panic-mongering reports of
      every person in the world who happens to contract ‘symptoms’ which
      vaguely resemble flu or even Swine Flu and the statements to date of
      authorities such as WHO or CDC are far from conducive to a rational
      scientific investigation.

      Tamiflu and Rummy

      In October 2005 the Pentagon ordered vaccination of all US military
      personnel worldwide against what it called Avian Flu, H5N1. Scare
      stories filled world media. Then, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
      announced he had budgeted more than $1 billion to stockpile the vaccine
      Oseltamivir, sold under the name Tamiflu. President Bush called on
      Congress to appropriate another $2 billion for Tamiflu stocks.

      What Rumsfeld neglected to report at the time was a colossal conflict
      of interest. Prior to coming to Washington in January 2001, Rumsfeld
      had been chairman of a California pharmaceutical company, Gilead
      Sciences. Gilead Sciences held exclusive world patent rights to
      Tamiflu, a drug it had developed and whose world marketing rights were
      sold to the Swiss pharma giant, Roche. Rumsfeld was reportedly the
      largest stock holder in Gilead which got 10% of every Tamiflu dose
      Roche sold. 14 When it leaked out, the Pentagon issued a curt statement
      to the effect that Secretary Rumsfeld had decided not to sell but to
      retain his stock in Gilead, claiming that to sell would have indicated
      something to hide.’ That agonizing decision won him reported added
      millions as the Gilead share price soared more than 700% in weeks.

      Tamiflu is no mild candy to be taken lightly. It has heavy side
      effects. It contains matter that could have potentially deadly
      consequences for a person’s breathing and often reportedly leads to
      nausea, dizziness and other flu-like symptoms.

      Since the outbreak of Swine Flu Panic (not Swine Flu but Swine Flu
      Panic) sales of Tamiflu, as well as any and every possible drug
      marketed as flu-related, have exploded. Wall Street firms have rushed
      to issue ‘buy’ recommendations for the company. ‘Gimme a shot Doc, I
      don’t care what it is…I don’t wanna die…’

      Panic and fear of death was used by the Bush Administration skilfully
      to promote the Avian Flu fraud. With ominous echoes of the current
      Swine Flu scare, Avian Flu was traced back to huge chicken factory
      farms in Thailand and other parts of Asia whose products were shipped
      across the world. Instead of a serious investigation into the sanitary
      conditions of those chicken factory farms, the Bush Administration and
      WHO blamed ‘free-roaming chickens’ on small family farms, a move that
      had devastating economic consequences to the farmers whose chickens
      were being raised in the most sanitary natural conditions. Tyson Foods
      of Arkansas and CG Group of Thailand reportedly smiled all the way to
      the bank.

      Now it remains to be seen if the Obama Administration will use the
      scare around so-called Swine Flu to repeat the same scenario, this time
      with ‘flying pigs’ instead of flying birds. Already Mexican authorities
      have reported that the number of deaths confirmed from so-called Swine
      Flu is 7, not the 150 or more bandied in the media, and that most other
      suspected cases were ordinary flu or influenza.

      (To be continued)

      F. William Engdahl is author of Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda
      of Genetic Manipulation (Global Rersearch, 2007, see below) and A
      Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order
      (Pluto Press) . His new book, Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian
      Democracy in the New World Order (Third Millennium Press) is due out
      end of May. He may be contacted through his website:

      http://blog.peta.org/archives/2009/04/pigs_to_descend.php : there is also an undercover video footage

      P.S. Add this video link to your signature and/or spread it around so the world can know about this please!

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