Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Mad Cow Disease

It is reported recently that a third case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, a/k/a Mad Cow diesease was detected in a cow from Alabama, and the knownothings are once again in a tizzy.

How else to explain the reaction of Consumer's Union? "Food policy experts" are outraged, and the finger's pointed squarely at feed practices.

What the pundits seem not to have noticed is that BSE occurs spontaneously across the population of cattle just as its human variant, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) can occur spontaneously in humans. I shall have more to write about this later.

Meanwhile, Japan-you know, those wonderful folks who ban American beef at the drop of a hamburger-has reported its 23d case of BSE, and nobody seems particularly upset about it, which makes me wonder what the ruckus is all about. I shall have more to write about this later but right now I gotta do some paying work. Stay tuned, and welcome aboard.


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