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3 Social Questions About Swine Flu

First it was the Mad Cow Disease. Then we had the Bird Flu or Aviar Influenza. Now it's the pigs who're getting us back? Isn't it interesting how all of these, the last epidemics known to man, are all rooted in the most exploited farm animals?

1. Shouldn't we think about the way we use farm animals for food and products, mostly due to extreme and unjustified consumerism, trying to find smarter ways to minimize this exploitation?

It has been well known (for decades) that around 95% of the agricultural production in the world is used to feed farm animals. It's also known that the human body does not require eating meat more than once a day and that it's actually unhealthy to do so in most cases. How about simply eating less meat? Less animal slaughter, less need for farming fields, more forests, better diets: It's a no-brainer.


2. Why has swine flu only killed Mexicans? Swine H1N1 Influenza has been reported in many countries but only has it taken lives in Mexico. I think it's obvious that the reason for this fact is not the behavior of the virus but the incapacity of the Mexican public health system to treat the disease.

All of the deaths are related to poverty, people who can afford private hospitals have all been cured. The Mexican public health system is well known for its ineffectiveness, it's workers for their negligence and its infrastructure for its obsoleteness. Public money in Mexico always finds its way into politicians and private pockets, tax money that never helps the people who provided it.

In fact I wouldn't be surprised if the Mexican government was hiding the true numbers about this disease. I believe many more have died than those officially reported. When this epidemic is finally controlled, it will be obvious, and worlwide known, how the Mexican govenrment and health system are to blame for many of the deaths.


3. How come worldwide governments have acted so swiftly in view of this possible pandemic while ignoring other very alarming sanitary conditions? Isn’t AIDS worth taking extreme measures? For how many centuries has hunger cursed 3rd world countries, particularly Africa, without countries declaring any state of emergency?

This health crisis proves the capacity of the governments to act. Why do they only do so on specific ocasions? Maybe only when the population is scared do they feel any pressure to take measures, fearing for their public image, which is really all that keeps them in power.


A very complete analysis of swife flu from Nathan Wolfe@TED:


  1. *Traducción básica*

    _3 Preguntas Sociales sobre la Influenza Porcina_

    1. Nadie habla de la explotación de los animales de granja ¿No deberíamos pensar en consumir menos carne y más productos agrícolas?

    2. ¿Por qué solo en México ha muerto gente por esta enfermedad? Seguramente por la ineficiencia, negligencia e infraestructura obsoleta e insuficiente del sistema público de salud en el país (México).

    3. Se ha visto probado que los goviernos globales tienen una gran capacidad de reacción a epidemias sanitarias. ¿Por qué estos gobiernos no han tomado medidas igualmente serias para eliminar el SIDA o simplemente el hambre? Solo actuan cuando la población tiene miedo, porque esto puede afectar la imagen del gobierno, que es lo único que los mantiene en el poder.

  2. _Una Cuarta Pregunta_

    4. ¿Cánto tiempo vamos a darles fuera del aire a los políticos, a los especuladores, a los industriales corruptos para que hagan sus tranzas sin que los medios lo cubran? ¡Solo veo influenza del puerco en la TV!

    Aquello a lo que mas miedo le tengas, será lo primero que logres. Simplemente porque es a lo que más energía le concentras. Así que mientras más miedo a la pandemia más probable es que suceda.

    _A 4th Question_

    4. How much time will we focus our attention on swine flu and give 0 coverage to other important news? Do you think wallstreet, politicians, industrials will not seize this opportunity to make all those tricky moves they were afraid to because of the media?

  3. Al menos 2 respuestas, aquí:


  4. 1. El problema es la explotación que carece de los principios de sanidad básicos que puedes ver en las zonas mas humildes del país ya que es en donde exsite esa interacción que facilita la transmición de enfermedades. Son actividades mas de sobrevivencia que la de explotación.

    2. Por que los mexicanos no tenemos la cultura de ir al hospital. Vamos cuando ya estamos muy graves y la enfermedad esta muy avanzada. Claro, despues de eso le hechamos la culpa a los médicos por negligencia. Esto es cultural, tenemos una muy buena infraestructura médica y excelentes doctores. Pero tenemos enfermos que llegan con 8 dias de tener el cuadro. Cambiemos nuestra cultura social y la apatia de las instituciones y todo será muy diferente.

    No digo que todo este perfecto en el Sector Salud, se tienen que mejorar muchos aspectos como la ineficiencia sindical y malos manejos pero nuestra cultura es la principal detonante de que no nos atendamos (Y me incluyo, estube en enero 4 dias en cama dejando que la gripe se me curara solita).

    3. Estas comparando peras con manzanas. El problema es que este tipo de enfermedades son extremadamente fáciles de transmitir (por el aire) y no necesariamente te puedes enterar.
    El VIH usualmente se transmite de uno a uno, pero esta enfermedad al ser tranmsitida por el aire tiene mayor riesgo (1 persona infecta a 30 en un salón de clases).

  5. Ok gracias por tus comentarios.

  6. manipulación, miedo y pobreza...


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