Wild Birds and Flu Panic

No need to grab your shotgun and blast that plague-carrying pest when you see a sparrow passing overhead. Experts say that there is little proof that wild birds can spread the deadly strain of avian flu that you’ve heard about in the press lately.

In a meeting of the International Waterbird Society in Taiwan, scientists confirmed that the greatest threat of the H5N1 strain of the bird flu is from poultry, not wild birds. While there is plenty of proof that poultry such as chickens can spread the disease, there is absolutely no scientific evidence that doves, sparrows, etc. spread the disease. There have been a lot of rumors to this effect recently but as usual, paranoia and panic can often reign over common sense and science.

Product Review, Annie’s Naturals: Great Food, Happy People, Healthy Environment


Annie’s Naturals has been producing excellent natural salad dressings, sauces, barbeque sauces, etc. for over 20 years.

Based in Vermont, this small company uses only natural ingredients and you can find some awesome and unusual products on her website including salad dressings using sea veggies, sesame seeds, etc. Her website also has ingredients and nutritional info so you can see just what you’re getting into.

My absolute favorite dressing of all time is Goddess dressing. This dressing has Tahini, which gives it a wonderful flavor. It is creamy and slightly exotic.

While many of her products aren’t necessarily easy on the waistline, I think you’ll feel better slopping on some Goddess dressing with tahini and fresh herbs than that Hidden Valley crap.