By Don “Doc” Sanders
This month’s column is more serious than most. If you’re looking for entertainment and my usual wild stories, you may want to skip this one. But this column is a must-read, if you raise livestock and/or care about the American food supply (and if you’re like me, you like to eat). Livestock disease outbreaks are occurring every day somewhere in the world. These diseases, if not contained, could threaten our food supply and lifestyle in a way that most Americans are too naïve to fathom.
It will pay you to be aware of this situation, so you can be prepared. For starters, here are a few facts that escape most Americans.
- Many diseases are zoonotic. This means they can spread from animals to humans, or vice versa.
- An example is avian influenza, which can pass from birds to humans. Remember the avian flu outbreak a couple years ago?