Bird-Flu being used to Slaughter the small poultry sector???

I recently came across a really interesting though may be a bit controversial article from the Via the is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people’s control over genetic resources and local knowledge.

The article highlights a totally different point of view of the Bird-Flu virus, by suggesting that the bird flu is being used to advance the interests of powerful corporations, putting the livelihoods and health of millions of people in jeopardy.

It says that the agribusiness is using the calamity to  consolidate its farm-to-factory-to-supermarket food chains as its small-scale competition is criminalised, while pharmaceutical companies mine the goodwill invested in the global database of flu samples to profit from desperate, captive vaccine markets.

It points out that even though it is now wildly accepted that the large-scale industrial poultry farms and the global poultry trade were spreading bird flu — not wild birds nor backyard flocks yet little is being done to control the industrial source of the problem, and governments still shamelessly roll out the wild bird theory to dodge responsibility.

It reminds us that just a few weeks ago, Moscow authorities had blamed migratory birds for an outbreak near the city — in the middle of the Russian winter!!

Here is the full article:


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