The Mexican swine flu, a genetic chimera probably conceived in the faecal mire of an industrial pigsty, suddenly threatens to give the whole world a fever.
Entirely the wrong way around, completely.
We worry about small scale units, where birds, pigs and humans live cheek by jowl. For the thing we are worried about is such a disease crossing from being infectious amongst solely, say, pigs, to being infectious directly amongst humans.
This is why these outbreaks occur from, say, Hong Kong in the 1960s, when it was a verty poor place indeed. Or SARs which came from Vietnam, again, a poor place with many small hold farms. And now Mexico.
The one thing that we really do know about these mutations of flu is that they are not part of industrial farming. They’re the result of not industrial farming actually.
So The Guardian’s lead article on hte subject is entirely and completely wrong in it’s first sentence.