- Interfaith Worker Justice (PDF - see page 2)
- Rolling Stone: Pork's Dirty Secret (lots of cursing...all of it justified)
This Sunday I feel called to revisit that conversation and reflect on how Smithfield-affiliated hog farms may be involved with this swine flu outbreak and now the festering violations threaten global health.
pig farms breed resistant forms of diseases thanks to the chemicals used to break down pig feces and chemicals used to keep pigs healthy enough to become food.
Of course, worker injustice didn't cause this any more than immorality caused Hurricane Katrina. But it is worth reflecting on how terrible environmental conditions are not localized to the workers themselves, but can expand to threaten entire areas with health concerns.
We are reminded today that there's a reason why we are called to be advocates for justice. Echoing MLK, we are called to oppose injustice anywhere, no matter what kind, before injustice morphs and threatens our global relations everywhere.