Food for thought
News that the government is going to do a mass cull
of livestock in the wake of the three recent deaths from avian flu should give all food for thought.
What worries me, an avowed vegetarian, is that I too could be at risk. As with passive smokers, it appears that the virus, being airborne, can infect anyone within range.
And it could be pigs and quails as well as chickens which are the carriers.
I presume that the origins of this particular plague lie in intensive farming techniques. A mass cull is drastic surgery which may well be needed, but isn't prevention better than cure?
It is surely time for a total rethink of our headstrong, hedonistic and consumptive lifestyle. A world which features competitive eating championships, genetically modified and patented foods, and mass obesity in a world which is witness to malnutrition on a hitherto unheard of scale, is surely a world gone mad.
Shouldn't food be good for you