Thoughts on Saturday - Bird Flu and Goodbye Obama
For as many years as I can remember we have only eaten free range chicken and eggs. We decided a long time ago that we would rather eat less, as it was so expensive, than eat battery reared produce. At the beginning of December there was a bird flu outbreak across Europe, none had been found in the UK but DEFRA ordered that to keep our flocks safe, chickens and other birds must be housed indoors and their food and water made inaccessible to wild birds. The virus, H5N8, is spread by wild birds and although it is not a hazard to humans it would decimate our poultry stock.
British free range birds are inside, safe from wild birds. This was initially for thirty days then extended until the end of February. We are now in the middle of January and I can still buy British free range chickens and eggs. Until I read about this I didn't realise that free range birds can be kept inside for twelve weeks and still be sold as free range. I thought they would be Barn, or some other label. It seems that free range chickens are about fifteen weeks old when they are slaughtered so many will have spent most of their life in a barn or other enclosure. Even though this is not the farmers fault I do think consumers should know exactly what they are buying.
When Obama won the Presidential election eight years ago he came with hope and made history, he was the first African American president. Obama wanted to make America great not just for the rich white but for the poor and for black people too. He wanted to give everyone access to free health care and to reform politics. He was thawrted at the beginning by a congress that was Republican and made it their goal to oppose everything Obama tried to do.
Obama may not have fulfilled all his promises but he was always gracious and statesmanly.
Donald Trump is the new President of the United States and we really do not know what to expect. He has made promises that the people of the US believe he can deliver. He is not a politician but a business man. He has promised to change the political system and revoke Obama's policies. He wants to be friends with Russia and build a wall to keep Mexicans out. He has said he will add 45% tariffs on all Chinese imports and ban Muslims from entering the country. He believes that climate change is made up by China to damage the US economy and that women should be punished for having abortions, regardless of the reason.
He may truly believe he can make US great but at what cost?
Goodbye Barack Obama I am sad to see you go.