Last night I spent two hours talking to a group of mostly female Mexican environmentalists and animal advocates. They’re all members of Associaciones Protectoras de Animales de Mexico (APASDEM). In one of the member’s apartments-located conveniently above an organic market-we talked about the state of farming and livestock for food production in Mexico.
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I forgot that things move a little slower in Latin America and best laid plans don’t always work out. It looks like I won’t be visiting Granjas Carroll, the factory farm in Vera Cruz, a state on the Eastern Coast of Mexico, where H1N1 is believed to have originated. I’m bummed, but also to be … Continue Reading ››
I was honored to be asked by Deputy (their preferred term for Representative or Congressperson) Diego Cobo Terrazas, a Green Party (Partido Verde) member, to speak to members of the Congreso de Mexico about how factory farming can help facilitate the spread of disease. Deputy Cobo is young, energetic, and a big fan of Worldwatch-he told … Continue Reading ››
I flew into a hazy, hot Mexico City yesterday afternoon. From my hotel room window I can see how the pollution hangs over this metropolitan area of roughly some 20 million people. My new friend Oscar, an environmental educator who works with the Green Party, told me that it takes him two hours by public transportation … Continue Reading ››
This past week, two thoughtful voices from the United Nations suggested a new direction for global efforts to eliminate hunger. While both offered their own specific policy advice–advocating the need to eliminate subsidies in wealthy nations and invest in agricultural research internationally–they shared the opinion that producing more crops must go hand in hand with … Continue Reading ››
Can I get swine flu from eating hot dogs or other pork products?
Nope. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), swine flu cannot be spread by eating pork or even being around pigs infected with the virus. It’s not a foodborne illness. Those mass cullings of pigs … Continue Reading ››