FarmPolicy

December 11, 2019

Flu Issues; Food Security; Climate Change; and ACRE

Flu Issues

Andrew Martin and Clifford Krauss reported in today’s New York Times that, “The swine flu is producing global hesitation over eating pork.

“As more cases of the new influenza emerged on Tuesday, deepening worries about a possible pandemic, several nations slammed their borders shut to pork from the United States and Mexico. Wall Street analysts predicted a sharp decline of pork sales in grocery stores, and some consumers began steering clear of pork chops.

The pork industry reacted with frustration. Medical authorities say that people cannot contract the swine flu from eating properly cooked pork. There is no evidence so far that the people who are becoming sick were in contact with pigs. In fact, authorities are not even sure how susceptible pigs are to infection with the new flu.”

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