Bird Flu Has Already Killed More Than 20 MILLION Turkeys And Chickens In The United States

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Are you prepared to go without turkey this Thanksgiving?  Yes, it might actually get that bad.  So far, the worst outbreak of bird flu in U.S. history has claimed the lives of more than 20 million turkeys and chickens, and the pandemic continues to rage wildly out of control.  Once one bird becomes infected, this particular strain of the virus is so virulent that it can virtually wipe out an entire flock in just a matter of days.  At this point, scientists think that this virus is being spread by wild birds, but they have no idea how it is getting inside barns and other enclosed facilities so easily.  Considering how important turkey, chicken and eggs are to our food supply, it is quite alarming that scientists don’t really understand what is going on.  If this bird flu outbreak is not brought under control, how many birds will eventually die?  Right now, it is already in the tens of millions.  Could the total eventually reach into the hundreds of millions?  

Minnesota is the top producer of turkeys in the United States, and Iowa is the top producer of eggs, and that is why it is so alarming that both of these states are right at the heart of this current outbreak

Virulent H5 avian influenza strains have spread to 14 states in five months and affected about 24 million birds so far, mostly egg-laying hens and turkeys, according to USDA.

That tally is expected to grow, as U.S. authorities confirm pending cases. The outbreak, which is also affecting two Canadian provinces, shows little sign of slowing.

In Minnesota, the largest producer of U.S. turkeys, state officials saidalmost 5.5 million turkeys and egg-laying chickens have either died from the flu virus or are set to be killed in an effort to contain the outbreak.

In Iowa, the top U.S. egg producer, state agriculture officials said an estimated 20 million chickens and turkeys have been affected there.

So just in those two states alone, we are talking about more than 25 million chickens and turkeys that are already dead or that are scheduled to be killed in an attempt to slow down this outbreak.

Things have already gotten so bad that some in the industry are already projecting that this may cause a shortage of turkeys at Thanksgiving

And now, with Thanksgiving just seven months away, farmers say they may be running out of time to raise enough turkeys -the traditional centerpiece of holiday feasts – to meet the demand.

Once a farm has been infected, flocks must be culled, composted in barns, then disposed of. Buildings must then be thoroughly disinfected. The whole process can take up to three months before a new flock of turkey poults can be brought in, said Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.

Of course any notion of “recovery” assumes that this outbreak will be shortly brought under control and that breeder farms are not being infected.  But we have already had reports that some breeder farms in Minnesota have been infected.

Last year, the United States produced 240 million turkeys.  Almost 20 percent of them came from Minnesota.  So this outbreak in Minnesota is a really, really big deal.

And if you like to eat eggs, you should expect to start to pay more for them as well.  As of now, this pandemic has already wiped out 6 percent of all “layer hens” in this country

Egg producers have been hit hardest. In 2014, 362 million “layer” hens in the U.S. produced 100 billion eggs. With more than 20 million hens now in the process of being culled, nearly 6 percent of the nation’s population has been taken offline.

Even if this pandemic ends very quickly, and that is a huge if, the economic impact would still be huge.  Food producers in the affected states are already starting to lay off workers, and prices for meat and eggs are already starting to rise.

However, what happens if this pandemic cannot be brought under control any time soon and we lose 20, 30 or 40 percent of our turkeys and chickens?

I am recommending that people consider stocking up on canned and frozen meat while they still can.  Prices on those items are certainly not going to be going anywhere but up for the foreseeable future.  And if you can afford it, a second freezer is often a good idea for many families.

The truly frightening thing is that this bird flu pandemic is coming at a time when the U.S. food supply is already under an unprecedented assault.  Just consider some of the thingsthat are currently happening

-More than 40 percent of our fresh produce comes from the state of California, but thanks to the worst multi-year drought in the history of the state much of the region is turning back into a desert.

-Also due to the persistent drought, the size of the U.S. cattle herd is now as small as it was during the 1950s, and the price of beef has doubled since the last recession.

-Over the past few years, something called “porcine epidemic diarrhea” has wiped out approximately 10 percent of the entire pig population in the United States.

-Just off the west coast of the United States, a wide variety of sea creatures are dying in unprecedented numbers.  For example, the sardine population along the west coast has dropped by a staggering 91 percent just since 2007.

-Down in Florida, citrus greening disease is absolutely crushing the citrus industry.  Crops just keep on getting smaller year after year.

-There is a disease known as the TR4 fungus that is devastating banana production worldwide.  In fact, it has been reported that this fungus could someday completely wipe out the variety of bananas that we commonly eat today.

Are you starting to understand?

Just because we have always been able to rely on massive quantities of extremely inexpensive food does not mean that it will always be that way.

At this point, scientists tell us that the strain of the bird flu that is hitting chickens and turkeys poses “little risk” to humans.  But it does pose a tremendous risk to our food supply – especially if our scientists can’t figure out a way to bring this outbreak under control.

2 thoughts on “Bird Flu Has Already Killed More Than 20 MILLION Turkeys And Chickens In The United States

  1. I did buy a Turkey last year. Rare bird it is. $9 a LB. U.S. Had friends over and told them we were having American chicken. Baked it out on the grill. It was well looked over and got lots of comments. First Turkey they had ever seen. Probably will not luck into one this year. You could say I can live with out them. Our coffee and banana’s have not had fungus. We are planting more coffee were I live as price goes up. Now if I could only afford Folgers coffee at the import store. Think you have it bad on price in America? All I can afford is the local fresh native coffee were I live. But Bananas are near free food there.

  2. Ok, Ill bite on this one…

    If you destroy a nations food supply, which was already a bureaucratic nightmare to begin with, who should get the blame. Here in Iowa, the new fad is for, scumbags posing as farmers to erect massive robot controlled houses for chickens, which create these conditions which lead to the diseases we are now seeing. They need giant fans which evac unbreathable air, and pollute the air for miles. When one chicken gets sick from industrial conditions, they cull them all. Of course the farmer is subsidized, for creating the conditions which led to the culling, and the show goes on. Feed lot cattle,chickens,turkeys, is all the craze for the new unthinking individual who just wants to speed up our demise while making money. Its government in action, and if you film it in IA, you go to jail. In the end that should be a huge flag to those wondering if our food supply is under attack it is. As gun control has stalled those who wish to destroy America just moved extra effort to attacking our food. It is very effective, and offers little resistance. It is all created, from monsukko, to the gulf spill, to fukushima, et all. It all revolves around attacking our food supply. It is so very easy to see, if you just look. The scientists are in on it, and the ones who aren’t have been dropping like flies..

    The government imports its cattle from outside our borders, puts them in feed lots. Disease spreads, but we dont cull them. They give them free shit, our rights, and make them citizens. They sneak them in to our community as a soft cull weapon(try and make you feel sorry for them)point is this, the same blueprint is being used, in many different cases, by those responsible for our current situation. If you still think protesting, or pleading will work, you are part of the problem…

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