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They’re Coming for Your Backyard Chickens

Kit Knightly in The Off-Guardian reports:

“Since the ‘bird flu outbreak’ first hit the headlines OffG has been predicting how the inevitable agenda would unfold. The first impact was as obvious as it was predictable – the price of chicken and eggs went up, this was just another front in the war on food.

The second planned impact was less immediate, but just as predictable if you know how to read the media, and potentially far more harmful in the long-term – clamping down on alternative chicken farming. This includes both organic farms and individuals keeping their own chickens in their garden.

It didn’t take long for the media to prove us right. In fact, the Guardian has done it twice in the last ten days.

Firstly, last Thursday, the Guardian ran this article: “Spread of ‘free-range’ farming may raise risk of animal-borne pandemics – study”

Sponsored by the NGO Open Philanthropy, this piece reports that organic and free-range farming could increase the risk of a zoonotic disease outbreak, and quotes the authors of this new study.

‘If we can’t dramatically cut meat consumption then intensive ‘factory farming’ may be comparatively less risky.’”

Learn more: They’re Coming for Your Backyard Chickens…