Monday, January 27, 2014
China, Is This Really Too Much to Ask?
I don't know if this is going to sound racist. Truth is, I really don't care.
Is it really too much to demand that China implement health and agricultural regulatory reform requiring farmers to keep their swine separate from their poultry and keep both separate from the farmers and their families?
Pigs here, chickens there, humans over there, all of them kept a suitable distance apart.
Every year we get new strains of flu - from China. Avian flu, swine flu, Hong Kong flu. H1N1, H5N1, H-number-letter-number whatever. Every year the World Health Organization issues its warnings and urges Chinese farmers not to let their chickens and pigs live in the house. They do anyway. The virus passes from the pigs to the farmers or from the chickens to the farmers and the farmers take their pigs and chickens and flu to market in the cities where it gets into the general population and, before long, on some jetliner overseas.
Is it really too much to ask our newfound energy partner, the Peoples' Republic, to put an end to this nonsense? And how about this? Shouldn't they be taking some of that vast wealth they keep sucking out of our economies and sending some of it back to cover our medical expenses, income loss and economic dislocation caused by the constant export of their goddamned flu virus?
Maybe if China had to pay compensation for the deaths, suffering and economic dislocation caused by their refusal to tackle conditions that lead to the spread of influenza, they might act on it. We've been warned. It's only a matter of time before there's going to be a real killer strain.