Pat Gardiner worked at the seaport of Felixstowe for many years in Shipping, Road Haulage, and Computing, twice creating groups of companies, eventually selling out and retiring when still in his forties.
He now enjoys the freedom not to conform - sans ties - sans suits - sans responsibility.
Occasional writing, broadcasting and lecturing give particular satisfaction; possibly only to the main participant.
Until recently his wife kept a menagerie of animals. They lived a largely self-sufficient lifestyle, producing their own pork, lamb, beef , poultry, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.
But rural retirement was not to be peaceful.
You can't Stop the World.
He relates a quite extraordinary true story that spans the world.
Smallholding took him, and his wife, into a quite bizarre world of fraud, corruption and criminal activities.
The names are world-famous and the background deadly.
It became an unbelievable labyrinth of mysterious army officers, Cabinet Ministers, cover-ups, evidence and complaints to Parliament.
Meetings with the European Union Fraud Squad and finally a campaign to put bad things right.
A constantly updated story, extending over fourteen years, can be found on the newsgroup uk.business.agriculture fully searchable through Google Groups.
Now a rare survivor of pancreatic cancer, he continues writing and fighting for individuals to retain the right to produce their own food and for a radical reform of government veterinary services.
He is concerned about the links between livestock and human diseases, especially pigs and MRSA, and fights to get the truth into the public domain.
He has long been a victim of organised libel campaigns from paid lobbyists representing factory farm organisations. However, these are easily refuted by reference to the public record at Companies House.
He is the originator of the "GARDINER HYPOTHESIS" which states:
Mutated Circovirus in pigs, the consequences treated with heavy use of antibiotics, is followed by MRSA in pigs and then MRSA and C.Diff epidemics in humans.
It has just been announced that MRSA st398 - so called "piggy MRSA" (also termed MRSA cc398 on the continent of Europe) has been found in American meat. It had previous been found in Canadian meat, but not in the USA.
Britain seems to be the only major country with pig production in the Northern Hemisphere that continues to claim that its pigs and pork are MRSA free.
It might be fairer to say "have not withdrawn their claim that British pigs and pork are MRSA free." It has not been repeated for a couple of years, but equally no admission or correction has been made.
MRSA st398 has been found, in children, in Scotland some years ago, but nothing in pigs or pork.
What you won't look for properly, you won't find.
Defra, Britain's infamous agriculture ministry, will not be able to hold out for much longer. They will have to provide data for Britain and an explanation for the long delay.
Tara Smith's explanation of the meaning of the American research is here, with the promise of more to come. Be sure to read the complete blog entry in full here
This is a very important research for Britain too.
I've blogged previously on a few U.S. studies which investigated methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureusin raw meat products (including chicken, beef, turkey, and pork). This isn't just a casual observation as one who eats food--I follow this area closely as we also have done our own pair of food sampling investigations here in Iowa, and will be doing a much larger, USDA-funded investigation of the issue over the next 5 years...
...Why am I rehashing all of this? We have a new paper out examining S. aureus in Iowa meats--and did find for the first time MRSA ST398, as well as MRSA USA300 and MSSA strains including both presumptive "human" and "animal" types. This was just a pilot study and numbers are still fairly small, but enough to say that yes, this is here in the heart of flyover country as well as in the other areas already examined.