Although the language and tone are sometimes what we used to call "hippy dip", this guy (Mike Adams) makes an interesting point re. Bird Flu:
When you take tens of millions of chickens and pigs and coop them up in little tiny cages, and you don't give them sunlight, you don't give them a balanced healthy diet, and you don't let them run around in the wild or have fresh air, you create the perfect conditions for the generation and transmission of infectious disease [like Bird Flu].
I don't buy some of the vaguely PETA-like sentiments in the article, but it is surely true that we are keeping millions upon millions of chickens, pigs, and cattle in conditions that, were we dealing with humans, we would immediately condemn as unhygenic and conducive to the spread of infectious disease. Mr. Adams also claims:
In other words, when you take these animals and you pack them together so closely, you accelerate the evolution and development of dangerous influenza. It's almost like having an influenza lab where you're trying to create a biological weapon of some sort. That's how bad it is. You speed the mutation of these viruses by at least a factor of 100. It's almost the perfect laboratory for creating dangerous infectious disease.
Just think of that when the Phlegm hacking bird-flu zombies come banging on your door, looking to eat your freaking brain. Then you'll be sorry. Then you'll be asking yourself: why didn't we go free-range, the ecologically friendly choice?