Take mad cow disease. Anyone who gets the human form of this plague by unwittingly eating diseased beef gets a gruesome death sentence. Yet the big beef processors and their political puppets keep pretending it's no problem. First they denied that the cow disease existed, then denied that humans could get it, then denied the disease could ever exist in America, then -- when all of the above miraculously turned out to be wrong -- insisted that our ag officials were protecting us.
Mad cow disease exists because, in order to fatten cattle quickly, industry turns these natural vegetarians into cannibals, feeding them the tissue, bones, brains, blood, spinal cords and whatnot from other cows. It messes them up something awful. OK, sighed our so-called protectors, we'll stop allowing certain cow parts to be fed to cows. But they still allow cattle blood to be fed to calves as a milk substitute, and industrial cattle still are fed chicken-coop waste, which includes cow materials.
In addition to these "legal" loopholes, USDA inspects only about 1 percent of the cattle slaughtered all across America, leaving plenty of room for profiteers to violate the agency's loose ban on feeding beef to beef. Yet rather than plugging the loopholes, Johanns mindlessly plugs beef. When a mad cow case was found in June, he announced at a press conference that he'd just had beef for lunch, so... see... all's OK.
Apparently, not all of the madness is in the cows. To fight the madness, contact the Organic Consumers Association at www.organicconsumers.org.
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