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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:31 AM

 

Scientists Say a Quarter of Pigs Around the World Could Die of Swine Fever

Source: Time

(SYDNEY) — Around a quarter of the world’s pigs are expected to die from African swine fever as authorities grapple with a complex disease spreading rapidly in the globalization era, the World Organization for Animal Health’s president said Thursday.

A sharp reduction in the world’s pig population would lead to possible food shortages and high pork prices, and it might also cause shortfalls in the many products made from pigs, such as the blood-thinner heparin that’s used in people, said Dr. Mark Schipp, the organization’s president.

The disease’s spread in the past year to countries including China, which has half the world’s pigs, had inflamed a worldwide crisis, Schipp told reporters at a briefing in Sydney.

“I don’t think the species will be lost, but it’s the biggest threat to the commercial raising of pigs we’ve ever seen,” he said. “And it’s the biggest threat to any commercial livestock of our genera

Read more: https://time.com/5714688/swine-fever-global-pig-population/

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Reply Scientists Say a Quarter of Pigs Around the World Could Die of Swine Fever (Original post)
crazytown Oct 31 OP
dchill Oct 31 #1
packman Oct 31 #2
Eugene Oct 31 #3
packman Oct 31 #5
paleotn Oct 31 #19
spike jones Oct 31 #4
Coventina Oct 31 #6
40RatRod Oct 31 #7
Rural_Progressive Oct 31 #15
Coventina Oct 31 #16
lagomorph777 Oct 31 #17
softydog88 Oct 31 #18
Igel Oct 31 #21
Python boot Oct 31 #8
crazytown Oct 31 #9
efhmc Oct 31 #10
efhmc Oct 31 #11
Igel Oct 31 #20
efhmc Oct 31 #22
milestogo Oct 31 #12
cstanleytech Oct 31 #14
roamer65 Oct 31 #13

Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 09:34 AM

1. K&R.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:19 AM

2. Imagine a world without ham or bacon !




Or ribs, or pork loin, or the ham-bone soup, or pork belly or hock flavoring with greens , or footballs. or sausage casings ---- God, I could go on like Bubba did with the shrimp.

My family , in the olden days, used to make the best pig's feet in their gelatin but now when I mention it to my wife, she thinks I'm nutty.

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Response to packman (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:35 AM

3. That image leaves out the pork tail, a staple of several ethnic cuisines.

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Response to Eugene (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:39 AM

5. What's that old saying

Every part of a pig is used except the squeals.

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Response to packman (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 04:52 PM

19. That's it.

When I was just out of college, at my first job, one of the older factory guys nearing retirement was fond of pig ear sandwiches and would bring them for lunch on occasion. Still makes me a bit squeamish.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:38 AM

4. All parts of the pig are so good, we should have pig milk and pig butter too.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:45 AM

6. Well, in my opinion, we shouldn't be using pigs as food.

I don't know what's required to make heparin, but if it's an abusive practice such as how premarin is made, I disapprove of that as well.

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Response to Coventina (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:48 AM

7. I agree!!!! Thanks!

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Response to Coventina (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 01:26 PM

15. Just curious, are aware of how pigs became domesticated?

It's an interesting story, basically they decided to hang with humans so they could get forage through human refuse piles. Pretty much the deal became they got easy food and humans got to eat them.

Are you familiar with how many piglets a sow births in a litter and how often a sow has litters? One of the more destructive forces in a number of states are feral pigs. Their numbers have to be controlled, what do you think should be done with the carcasses?

I guess my point is, of all the animals humans use as food pigs are probably the best choice so why don't you think they should be used as food?

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Response to Rural_Progressive (Reply #15)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 03:45 PM

16. Feral pigs are a human created problem.

If humans were responsible, this wouldn't be happening.

Pragmatically, yes, it is probable that many feral pigs must be killed, but that is not an excuse to eat them.

I don't condone the eating of any animals by humans, I'm not putting pigs into a special category.

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Response to Coventina (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 03:48 PM

17. One more reason to go vegan.

As if we needed more reasons.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #17)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 04:10 PM

18. Hear, hear!

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Response to softydog88 (Reply #18)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 05:03 PM

21. Or kosher.

Or halal.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:57 AM

8. County of origin label

Congress removed the country of origin label (COOL) requirement for meats in the grocery store. Not cool! Smithfield Farms is now partially owned by China. Swine fever is rampant now in China.

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Response to Python boot (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 11:01 AM

9. 'Congress removed the country of origin label'?

 

When? With what possible justification? Geez.

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Response to Python boot (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 11:02 AM

10. I will not buy meat from Walmart because of this practise.

HEB for me.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 11:05 AM

11. This is very interesting:

"In China, previously they had a lot of backyard piggeries. They’re seeing this as an opportunity to take a big step forward and move to large scale commercial piggeries."

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Response to efhmc (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 05:03 PM

20. Any crisis is good

for more centralization and control.

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Response to Igel (Reply #20)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 07:37 PM

22. By that do you mean it is a good excuse or a good idea?

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 11:09 AM

12. Would it include Male chauvinist pigs?

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Response to milestogo (Reply #12)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 12:45 PM

14. If it did then there are alot of Republicans that are in danger especially in the White House. nt

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 12:04 PM

13. Many diseases make the hop from swine to humans.

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I wonder if this one will as well.

They say in the article it won’t, but I’d prefer to talk to an epidemiologist on that fact.

Eating pork contaminated by the virus turns a human into a recombinant DNA test tube. Will this virus be able to make the “hop”?

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