Like little stars.
The speculation that there might be a link between corporate hog farming and the swine flu that I linked to on Wednesday “sparked a vigorous debate on the Society for Environmental Journalists listserv,” reports Grist.
Grist ended up publishing one full-length reaction piece from Merritt Clifton, the editor of Animal People, described in Clifton’s bio as “the leading independent newspaper providing original investigative coverage of animal protection worldwide.”
Clifton’s piece starts with a bang:
Thirty years ago this month I knelt beside the Yamaska River in southern Quebec with a test kit – downstream from several of the then-largest, factory-type pig farms in North America (which happened to lie upstream from the water intakes for the cities of Farnham and St. Hyacinthe) — and found that the Yamaska literally contained more extraneous chemicals from pig excrement than H2O.
But once having established that his anti-corporate-animal-husbandry credentials are second to none, he goes on to offer some sage perspective cautioning against jumping to conclusions on the link between corporate hog farming and the current flu outbreak in this particular. He provides a good bit of new detail that I haven’t seen in the mainstream press. It’s well worth reading.
Also worth reading: My colleague Katharine Mieszkowski’s article on how little scientists really know about the swine flu.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.