Have You Stopped Eating Pork Due To Swine Flu Fears?

I want to start out by reiterating the fact that swine flu CANNOT be contracted or spread by eating cooked pork products. Your ham, bacon, and sausage are all safe.

This morning NPR reported that the drop in recent pork sales has been significant and, I may be off, but I believe they said that so far sales have dropped by more than $4Million. That's crazy, and I could almost guarantee that 90% of that drop has been due to this latest flu epidemic being labeled with the word "swine".

Now, it's no secret that I love bacon, and am also a pretty big supporter of sausage – but I can't cut out pork just because of irrational fear. But I can eat less pork to do my part to send a message to the pork industry, that message being that I cannot and will not support an industry that still uses facilities and techniques that can be deemed both cruel to animals (regardless of whether they're grown for food), and also results in conditions that can serve as a breeding ground for disease and illness that can affect the human population.

The regulation of the food industry in many areas has been lax (to non-existent) at best, as we've seen lately with numerous cases of salmonella contaminated foods (peanut butter, pistachios), melamine contaminated foods, and now this.  Who wants to create a campaign to keep track of the worst regulated food markets and then boycott them completely?

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  1. unlikelymoose said,

    I had pork yesterday for lunch. It was good.

    May 4, 2009 @ 7:18 am

  2. spudart said,

    I had subway for lunch today. It was okay.

    I just had sour candy now. It was good.

    May 4, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

  3. sparx said,

    I hope sour candy doesn't contain pork.

    May 4, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

  4. unlikelymoose said,

    I had Pizza Hut pizza for lunch. It's wasn't anything special. Not worth the calories.

    May 4, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

  5. spudart said,

    I want some pork for lunch. Where should I go? I saw some commerical for pulled pork sandwiches. Who's selling those? Speaking of the commercial what awful timing. It's this dancing pig on a stage, and then it like, explodes out bbq sauce. It was really gross. It's like this pig exploding all over you and now you have pork disease.

    But I still want the pulled pork sandwich. I just can't remember who sells it. Was it White Castle? I think so. If so, that sucks, because I wouldn't eat pulled pork from White Castle. Pulled pork tends to be the crap meat that is leftover and they chop it up and cover it BBQ, so people don't realize how bad it is. I wouldn't trust White Castle with pulled pork.

    May 5, 2009 @ 11:09 am

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