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Mother’s Day, pig CAFOS, swine flu

May 11th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Our Mother’s Day feast was a deliberately local meal. Now that Texas farms are rolling out produce, we were able to pick up some spring green beans and Hot House tomatoes at the farmer’s market, along with some locally made pasta.

Our youngest noted that our meal was doubly green — green spinach pasta and local veggies. Oy, they get so smart in public school, no? (Yes, that’s a joke.) At least her green awareness is growing.

But about that local food. This brings me back, sort of, to a topic I wanted to revisit: CAFOs. Buying locally supports smaller farmers, and reduces the “food miles” borne by the meal, and thereby cuts greenhouse gas emissions. Which is all good.

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CAFOs implicated in swine flu outbreak

April 28th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

It’s been reported that the global swine flu outbreak most likely originated in a small town in Mexico that straddles a large pig operation; there a 4-year-old boy was believed to have been the first victim of the influenza virus.

Now officials say there was a larger outbreak of a respiratory illness in La Gloria earlier in April, with some victims falling sick as early as February, according to a report in The Times of London.

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