In the days that followed the ban on UK beef, beef futures in Chicago fluctuated as traders were torn between two economic forces. The first was the expected increase in demand. Markets formerly serviced by UK beef must now be filled with beef from other countries. The second impact deals with the adverse effects the outbreak could have on consumer demand. North American consumers were also exposed to a great deal of media propaganda as most, if not all, North American newspapers and television news broadcasts, national and local, carried stories of the outbreak and the horrific consequences of CJD.
The Cattle Put the hamburger down and step away from the chili cheese fries. Based on leading reports last year alone, the US consumed an average of 24.1 billion pounds of meat accounting for about 17.8% of the whole amount of beef consumed around the world. In addition, beef comes with its disadvantages when consumed. Some of these disadvantages include heart disease, colon cancer, and even type 2 diabetes. On top of all these horrific disadvantages, it is one of the leaders that fuels climate change in our world today.
Although the study of this disease cost even more for the country we have been able to learn much about this disease and now know the precautions we must make to sustain a healthy beef environment for the people here. Since when you have thousands of cows on a farm with BSE and are being slaughtered and sold to the meat industry without knowing that they have this horrible disease made even more trouble for the beef industry. One farm knew that they were manufacturing tainted meat and yet still kept providing it for the beef industry. Eventually it was discovered that this farm was doing that and the government went in and threw out all the tainted meat and shutdown the farm for good. That cost us several million pounds of meat and it was pretty costly.
Unfortunately, the media is quick to show infected cows, distempered and shaking in their stalls, without giving sufficient information of the disease’s origin or the preventative measures being taken to halt its spreading. Before consumers restrict beef intake from their diets they should consider their risks. In America, chances of developing BSE is far slimmer than becoming infected with other food-borne illnesses. Although many Americans were recently startled by a reported case of Mad Cow Disease in the United States, they are assured protection from infection by: consumption of selected meats, closely guarded packaging plants, and regulation in beef imports. To fully understand the spreading of BSE, one must first know the diseases origin.
There was strong laboratory evidence between the BSE outbreak in cattle and a human prion disease called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) that was first reported in the United Kingdom (UK) in 1996. The disease is caused by eating beef products contaminated with central nervous system tissue from cattle infected with Mad Cow Disease. It can affect all age groups and is very hard to diagnose until it has nearly run its course. VCJD is fatal, usually within 13 months of the onset of symptoms (The Basics of Mad Cow Disease). The impact Mad Cow Disease and vCJD had in the United Kingdom caused fear worldwide and resulted in major changes to be implemented in the cattle industry.
Ironically and rather unfortunately, the present situation is that while the poor nations of the world are starving their own populations to produce and export beef, the rich, who are able to afford beef, are dying from diseases. Rifkin has several chapters dedicated to the host of illnesses those beef eating individuals are susceptible to. The titles include, “Sacrifice to Slaughter,” "Cows Devour People, “and "Marbled Specks of Death." One point he makes is that because of the widespread use of antibiotics among the cattle industry, the “human population is increasingly vulnerable to mor virulent strains of disease-causing bacteria” (12). Rifkin further attests that beef, but ranks second as the food posing the greatest cancer risk.
directed by Robert Kenner does a great job portraying all of the issues with the American food industry. He talks about one of the major issues regarding our health and the meat industry when he mentions the health risks associated with meat consumption. Cattle are now being fed corn which results in a mutation of a strain of E. Coli called E. Coli 0157h7. This is a product of the diet we’re feeding the cows on feedlots. Even if these animals are infectious, they still slaughter and sell them which results in the consumer’s health possibly being effected.
greatest threat to the country/Mad cow disease Mad cow disease (also called BSE) is getting social attention recently in U.S, I had never heard that term when I was a child. It was first time in mid-1980 that illness was out break in the England. People afraid the mad cow disease, because if people infected there is no cure for the patient. I think the mad the cow disease is real threat for the U.S, because people eat a lot of beef. For example, American?fs favorite the McDonald?fs Big Mac is made from beef.
The Horrifying Details of Mad Cow Disease Mad Cow Disease, scientifically referred to as (BSE) Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, is a disease that affects those humans who eat the meat from infected cows. Mad Cow Disease is one of several fatal brain diseases called (TSE) Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy. (USDA) There was evidence of a new illness resembling the sheep disease scrapie. It was technically named BSE but quickly acquired the mad cow tag because of the way infected cattle behave. (CNN) In 1997, there was an award given to Stanley Prusiner, for concluding that a distorted protein called a prion was responsible for Mad Cow Disease, noted the long incubation period made it difficult to distinguish (Bryant).
In recent years the beef industry has been rocked by a terrible plague known as mad cow disease. Cows all over England were infested with the disease and the slaughter of millions of cows soon followed. How did the cow contract this disease? The common opinion was that the cow was forced to live in inhumane and filthy conditions. The problem is the fact that at any time cows all around the world could be infected with this disease and we would be left without any beef and the world economy would crumble under the pressure this epidemic creates.