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September 01, 2005

Falling dominoes

It's probably sensible that Iran bans animal feeds from bird flu countries. Contamination by wild or domestic birds might make such items dangerous, or at least politically unacceptable to purchasers. But who knew that such a ban, imposed August 22, would depress grain prices in Russia? Apparently the grain trade around the Caspian basin is an important part of local economies.

So now it's not just bans on suspect poultry, but anything that might be contaminated and then consumed by birds or mammals that might contract avian flu. This little trade contraction is just a foreshock of what would happen to trade with any country where human-to-human H5N1 is confirmed—or even suspected.

Posted by dymaxion at September 1, 2005 01:38 PM

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