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Not the pigs' fault

Despite what green lobbyists and celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver might have us believe, diseases like swine flu are less likely to develop in factory farms, not more so, argues Vivienne Parry this month’s Prospect. Of the 40 or so new diseases that have appeared around the world in the last three decades, almost all have begun in traditional “cottage” conditions. None, unless you count BSE, were caused by intensive production of animals. We need to stop…

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