USDA Blocks Mad Cow TestingThe corrupt and inept US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has been preventing the private testing of cow corpses for the presence of mad cow disease and a meatpacker is suing the the agency because it wants to test its own meat for mad cow disease and the USDA won't allow it.
The corrupt and inept US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has been preventing the private testing of cow corpses for the presence of mad cow disease and a meatpacker is suing the the agency because it wants to test its own meat for mad cow disease and the USDA won’t allow it.
US beef is not tested for mad cow disease in a way that would detect most cases. Not only are less than 1% percent of the 35 million cows killed each year tested, only young cows are tested. Mad cow disease takes several years to show up and virtually all cows in the US are slaughtered before the age that the disease would show up in the tests conducted. As a result, US meatpackers are losing market share as buyers in countries like Japan refuse to import meat that is not properly tested or comes from countries that do no real testing.
There is good reason to test US cows for mad cow disease due to the fact that the disease is likely to be very widespread but undetected. Mad Cow disease is caused by a mutant protein called a prion. Prions are formed when vegetarians such as cows are fed dead cows. The prion molecules can be destroyed by heat, cold or exposure to the elements and persist in the food chain and can be passed from one species to another.
For decades, the US meat industry has forced farm animals to be cannibals. Cows, pigs and chickens have been fed the dead bodies of their own kind to increase weight gain. While the practice causes severe health issues the animals are slaughtered before the effects become too severe to be overcome with massive doses of antibiotics.
When the mutant prion infects a human it causes a fatal brain ailment called creutzfeldt-jakob disease (CJD). CJD was first discovered in cannibals in New Guinea who were getting it from eating the brains of their victims. There are two forms of CJD – one progresses quickly and can cause death within a year and the other form can cause a slow detioration in mental function over decades. Some doctors believe that up to 50% of alzheimers is actually a variant of CJD.
The epidemic of old age dimentia in the US and other industrialized countries suggests that CJD may be very widespread. The other indication that mad cow prions are widely contaminating the food supply is the fact that chronic wasting disease has decimated the deer population in areas near feed lots. Chronic wasting disease is the version of mad cow disease that infects deer and elk. It is highly infectious and sweeping through wildlife populations throughout North America.
Not only is the meat industry to blame for the spread of mad cow disease, the industry is also responsible for causing massive environmental destruction around the world. Most rain forest destruction is now done to raise soy beans to feed cows so that they gain weight faster. The western US landscape has been radically altered and many species pushed to extinction due to damage caused by over-grazing of cattle.
Believe it or not, the meat industry is also a huge contributor to global warming caused by methane. Methane is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to causing global warming. In the United States, livestock and decaying manure produces more methane than any other source. Landfills come in second.
While CO2 levels have risen by about 31% due to human activity, methane concentrations have more than doubled. Human sources of CO2 amount to just 3% of natural emissions but human caused methane is one and a half times all natural sources. If you want to help curb global warming the single most effective thing you can do is to simply become vegan. A vegan diet is healthy for your body and the planet. The next most effective thing you can do is to recycle and compost and produce as little garbage as possible. It also helps to use less fossil fuels. Bill Phillips
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