A couple of articles caught my eye today:
The first one actually appeared several years ago in Rolling Stone but was linked in one of today's Hullaballoo posts: "The Real Food Craze," by tristero.
The second article appears in today's MPR "News Cut":
MPR received a letter from a pork producer representative that laid bare the industry's objections to calling it swine flu:
[Please] reference the present flu virus by its appropriate name, the 2009 N1H1 flu.
Referring to the present flu virus as "swine flu" is not only damaging to MN pork producers, but demonstrates an uneducated, reckless approach, which is undoubtedly uncharacteristic of MN Public Radio.
The negative connotations to swine, unfairly made and scientifically unsupported, affect consumer confidence and therefore have a significant negative impact on pork production.
Waal, now, we can't have THAT!! Let nothing stand between a 'merkan and his/her bacon!!!!