This column by Mike Davis in the Guardian is an absolute must-read… a snippet:
Like I said, read the whole thing. So, far, serious discussions of our global flows of food (and especially meat) production have failed to happen, but after mad cow, foot and mouth, avian flu and now swine flu, at what point do we take the hint. The global corporatization of the food production is literally killing us and endangers us on a worldwide scale.
Personally, I would file that as one additional data point in systemic collapse of global capitalism.