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Friday, December 26, 2003
How now, mad cow?
Dr. Stanley Prusiner, the biochemist who discovered prions, isn't happy with Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman's response to the dangers of "mad cow disease". Perhaps he shouldn't have expected more from a former cattle industry lobbyist. The only reason mad cow disease had not been found here, he said, is that the department's animal inspection agency was testing too few animals. Once more cows are tested, he added, "we'll be able to understand the magnitude of our problem."

Meanwhile, you can look at how the problem was handled in the UK, and see if it looks like we're starting down the same bad road.

Or you can see what the beef industry is saying:

From the American Meat Institute, we learn the following:

And from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association:
Fast Food Nation
Eric Schlosser

I can't begin to recommend this book enough at this point.

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