You're Eating More Meat Be Informed
about Mad Cow
Finding Mad Cow in Oregon puts
a new wrinkle in the high protein
diet, doesn't it? What's a person
to do that wants to eat more meat,
Are you Eating
Less Meat Due to Mad Cow Disease?
Not the people I've spoken with.
Most are saying, "Yipee,
beef's on sale!" The food
industry has done a great job
of convincing us they are providing
a safe food supply and we've been
lulled into a false sense of security.
Nothing could be further from
In July 1988, a ban was introduced
in the UK which prohibited the
use of the remains of sheep in
cattle feed. BSE is thought to
have spread to cattle from feed
including meat and bone meal made
from sheep suffering from a similar
brain disease, called scrapie.
Ban Not Properly
Unfortunately the ban was not
enforced properly for many years
and remained a paper exercise
(exactly as it has been in the
US ever since).
Francis Anthony, a Herefordshire
veterinary surgeon, and the British
Veterinary Association's spokesman
on BSE said, "If the ban
had been enforced properly from
the start, I have no hesitation
in saying categorically that we
should be seeing only a few cases
today. But that contaminated feed
was being given to animals until
at least 1995, and possibly a
The false sense of security for
us in the US came from it being
widely reported that the practice
had been banned. They failed to
make it clear that this was a
"voluntary ban." Even
I falsly believed they had long
ago ended this practice until
the recent news reports that it
is still being done. Despite there
being a clear connection between
feeding rendered animals to animals
causing Mad Cow disease, the meat
and dairy industry continues the
practice to this day. Why? Corporate
greed, plain and simple. It is
a cheap source of "protein"
and makes cows and other animals
fatten faster. A fatter animals
weighs more, and they are sold
I have no doubt that people in
the US aren't getting excited
about the threat or beginning
to avoid beef simply because no
people have been reported with
the disease. After all, this was
a sick cow, not a human. Hence,
people do not consider it a direct
threat. Amazingly they don't consider
those with CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob
disease) a varient of Mad Cow
as being related when clearly
The Costs of
Clean Meat Supply
The meat and dairy industry will
now begin a campaign to make the
higher cost of clean meat seem
a ridiculous indulgence rather
than a possibly life saving measure.
It does cost more to have a clean
food supply. I and my family are
worth it, are you and yours?
For excellent reference materials
Food Nation (links
open in new window) by
Eric Schlosser, The
Crazy Makers by Carol Simontacchi,
Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle
Rancher who Won't Eat Meat
by Howard F. Lyman. Be informed
then make the choice for you and
Food politics aside, I'm interested
in my and my families health and
well being, and I'm not interested
in supporting an industry that
doesn't care about the quality
of their products or whether those
products are potentially dangerous
or even deadly.
What You Can
Do to Avoid Dangerous Meat
- Buy all your meat from the
local butcher. He gets the animals
from local farmers, and can
tell you which Farms, if you
- Buy all your meat from local
stores that certify it is grain
fed. See below for link to EatWild.com
- Cut back on your consumption
of all meat in general, substituting
beans for instance for protein.
- Eat a "special occasion"
steak at the best restaurants
such as Ruth Chris' Steak House.
Now that's a steak!
More Info on
Mad Cow and it's Variant CJD
Everything you ever wanted to
know about Mad Cow.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, Inc.
: An organization for those with CJD (the human variant of Mad Cow)
a Clean Food Supply
Meatrix - this movie is taking
the world by storm, and it's a
wild: Find local farms in
your area. It's fun to go out
to the farm - if you have a freezer,
you can usually buy half or a
quarter animal, or split one with
your family. The meat's fresher,
cleaner, and tastier too.
Living Warehouse: Free to
join. Order in bulk, but they
let you request "splits"
where someone else also wants
the same thing, you can split
your orders. Save money, have
fun, better quality, etc.
By Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP