Are idiots running amok at high levels of the FAO?

from a recent news release,

Bird flu virus could spill over to Africa and Europe in springtime
Fighting the disease in animals is crucial to win the battle against the

18 January 2006, Beijing – The avian influenza virus … could be further spread by migratory birds particularly coming from Africa in the spring, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

– this despite paucity of evidence that wild birds can sustain and spread H5N1
– and no evidence there is H5N1 in Africa

Still fingering wild birds perhaps convenient for FAO, perhaps avoiding any highlighting of potential problems resulting from integrated farming practices, such using chicken manure as feed and fertiliser in fish farms – which have been extensively promoted by, err, the FAO.