Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This little piggy...

Addie and I have been reading a chapter of Charlotte's Web every night.  For those of you who haven't been in fourth grade for a while, that's the book about the little girl Fern who raises a baby pig, Wilbur.  Wilbur ends up befriending a spider, Charlotte, who saves Wilbur from the slaughter by weaving descriptions of Wilbur into her web ("some pig"; "terrific"; and "humble").  It's a nice book.  A book that's not too dark or scary but that deals with the fact of death.  The whole circle of life thing.  You know.

Anyway, a colleague at another university has been posting about the swine flu, and wondering about the impact of large-scale farming on the spread of animal-to-human diseases.  He posted this video on his blog today:

I try not to be one of those bloggers, posting every YouTube thing out there.  But this is pretty much horrible.  Next time I feel like being a bad vegetarian and having just a little bite of bacon, I'll try to remember this.  And think of Wilbur.

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