Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Overall a pretty slow news day, but this story did catch Gen. Glut's eye.

"A cow in Alberta has been diagnosed with mad cow disease, Canadian officials announced Tuesday - the first known case in North America in a decade. U.S. health officials immediately banned imports of cattle, beef, beef-based products and animal feed from Canada."
Nobody really knows how poor ol' Alberta bessie came down with BSE, but scientists have known for some time now of the link between our turning cows into cannibals and cows contracting mad cow disease. In the late 1990s the US and Canada both took an enlightened move and banned feeding cows to cows (oh, the humanity!). However, it is still perfectly legal to feed chickens to cows and to feed cows to chickens. Complete the circle and you get cows eating chickens which eat cows. Whether this is a viable strategy for stopping BSE and the human version, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, is anyone's guess. I wouldn't put my money on the table, however.

In the end, why worry about Canadian beef? Of course, not that any American would every know where their food was coming from anyway -- for after all, the informed consumer is a barrier to the operation of the free market. Opt out of factory farming and Eat Wild instead.

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