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Chicken gives you HIV

In the "Cult of Escapism": Chicken gives you HIV

Friday, December 16, 2011

Chicken gives you HIV

I bet you didn't know that. 

Indeed, according to a government worker from the Panamanian equivalent of the EPA, buying chicken from outside of the community can give you HIV. He stated this to a mass of women in my site waiting to receive their welfare checks a few weeks ago.

He began well enough, encouraging everyone to keep the money in the community and buy locally raised chickens, instead of the chicken imported from other regions (trucked in and sold to the few stores that have solar panels and refrigerators). I thought he would continue talking about the economic benefits but he apparently decided that wasn’t convincing enough.

I really hope he was just trying to scare the “stupid Indians” into buying local and doesn't actually believe what he said. God, I really hope so. 


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