Expert warned US re: mad cow
This is the kind of article that just makes one so angry at our government, especially the part about the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who tried to warn the Secretary of Agriculture, Ann Veneman. I’ll bet she had listened to him sooner, now that this sh!tstorm has hit her in the face.
The problem with meat in the US is that this industry has always gotten a free ride from the government from the earliest days of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle.” The meat industy is one of the most protected industries in the US and therefore decades of non-management and willful ignorance means that they will now pay dearly with global bans of US beef for export, not to mention the fears within the US that will naturally grow.
BSE is scary stuff, and the US cattle industry is a long, long way away from being able to control/manage/deal with BSE, not to mention a whole host of other diseases that are barely suppressed with hormones and antibiotics.
Capitalism is a powerful force, but within some industries, it can tend to create forces that end up hurting the marketplace in it’s relentless effort to cut costs.
Expert Warned That Mad Cow Was Imminent