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100,000 pigs are dying each week as devastating virus plagues pork industry

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A deadly virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PEDv, is estimated to have killed, on average, more than 100,000 piglets and young hogs each week since it first showed up in Iowa in May 2013, wreaking havoc on the pork industry.

The number of hogs slaughtered this year is down 4.2 percent, according to the United States Agriculture Department, to roughly 50 million from more than 52 million in the same period in 2013.

That drop drove up the price of bacon and center-cut pork chops sold in the United States by more than 12 percent in May, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices for bacon rose more than 15 percent, and pork chops were up almost 13 percent.

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  • DJohn1

    This particular virus is not fatal in humans. Does it pass over the species barrier? I don’t know.

    Where is the Food Administration when we need it?
    I suggest that there needs to be a quarantine. The farmers involved need to be compensated for their animals and the animals need to be destroyed.

    The species barrier is very thin between animals that are genetically very close to humans.
    They are not human of course. But the Bible specified in the Moses Diet that we are at risk eating any animal that is close to us. Pigs are close to us.
    Not all pigs are unclean. How do you tell the difference? I don’t know.
    I know that any pig sourced meat needs to be cooked at a high temperature for a long time before it is safe to eat.
    In the Bible, during a time of extreme famine, I understand Peter sanctioned the eating of pigs.
    It also says that none of the Jewish Laws would be changed in another section of the Bible.
    People that do forensics for a living can tell tales about the result of eating animals that are unclean as specified by Moses in the Bible.

    It isn’t just pigs we are supposed to stay away from. I like my bacon the same as anyone else does in this country. I like some of the other animals we eat that are specified in the Bible as unclean. Shrimp come to mind, Oysters and other sea creatures.

    The trouble is that the proof is in the results.
    The people that follow the Moses diet live a lot longer than the people that do not.