CAFO – confined animal feeding operation – is what caused the Swine Flu and is what has been causing hellacious problems since the project was initialized. It is possible for socialism to moderate the capitalist drive towards industrial livestock production. Scandinavia has made some strides.
No matter what you think of these things, the animals are confined in such small quarters (According to the glorious free hand of the market!) that their immune systems are pretty much shot. Upshot being that the continuously sick animals are pumped full of antibiotics day and night, result being worsening antibiotic resistance in humans.
If the animals were spaced far enough apart, there would be no need to prophylactically pump them with antibiotics 24-7.
But the dictates of the market (Keep in mind – this is the only system that works) mandate that the animals must be squeezed tighter than sardines with the result being mass sickness, shot immune systems, continuous antibiotic pumping, and, and the end of the day, meat-eaters like you and me and eating a dead sick animal with a shot immune system that’s been pumped til bursting with antibiotics.
In a capitalist outhouse called India, some of the worst industrial chicken farms on Earth are being nursed to ill health. It’s a perfect storm waiting to happen, and the sane Indians (not the capitalists!) have been warning about this for years to deaf ears. Money talks and bullshit walks.
Money and death is capitalism. Sanity and life is socialism. It’s not even a contest. Capitalist death beats socialist life hands down every time.
The whole thing is nuts. In any sane (not capitalist) world, there would be no such thing as CAFO’s. CAFO’s have been around for nearly 20 years, but no one seems to be able to stop them. The power of the dollar tends to get in the way of sanity.
In Mexico, there are the worst pig shit lakes ever made by man or pig, clouds of flies turning the blue sky black as far as you can see. Pig carcasses, too many to count, littering the outskirts of the CAFO’s, but no one cares! The cash is flooding in, so damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead. Capitalism ultimately makes about as much sense as a 1950’s Chicken Contest with hot rods.