This past July, “mad cow” disease was found on a farm in Alabama. Now before you get too worried about the fact that it wasn’t on the news, don’t. You see, the CDC was aware of it and basically said, “Don’t worry, eat a hamburger.” Ya hungry yet?

According to the CDC, the cow suffered from an “atypical” version of Mad Cow that “occurs spontaneously” and cannot harm humans. However, upon reading that the atypical assertion is just a theory of the CDC and that the agency admits “transmission through feed or the environment cannot be ruled out,” skepticism seems more apropos than blind trust. 1

Mad cow or BSE is transmitted by invisible, infectious particles called prions. These prions are not viruses or bacteria, but proteins. Although the prions are not “alive” (because they lack a nucleus) they are incredibly difficult to kill because they aren’t made inactive by cooking, heat, ammonia, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, benzene, alcohol, phenol, lye, formaldehyde or radiation.

“There is a reason government officials are quick to defend the safety of the U.S. beef supply. Within hours of the first mad cow discovered in the U.S. in 2003, China, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea and 90 other countries banned U.S. beef. Ninety-eight percent of the $3 billion overseas beef market vanished. It has taken 14 years for the U.S. to re-establish its beef exports and other beef-exporting countries have had similar woes. If an atypical version of BSE that threatened no one didn’t exist, governments might want to invent one. In fact, the research behind the atypical theory is primarily floated by government ag departments.

In addition to losing exports, before atypical BSE was described, beef producers were forced to quarantine their ranches, search for tainted food sources and detain herdmates and offspring in a BSE outbreak. They lost huge amounts of money. The debut of atypical BSE means they can just say ‘these things happen,’ and keep doing business. Mainstream media sources are cooperatively repeating the government statement that, ‘the Alabama cow was not slaughtered, never entered the food supply and presents no risk to human health in the United States or anywhere else.’ But food reporters who have covered BSE since 2003 remember that the same thing was said about the first U.S. BSE cow until both the San Francisco Chronicle and the LA Times reported otherwise.”2

That idea of business as usual with atypical BSE makes me think of Sudden Infant Death Syndrom. In instances where a baby wasn’t sick, didn’t get wrapped up in blankets and suffocate, etc, no one wants to admit that vaccines cause death so they just say it spontaneously happened. No reason. Just one of those things…

However, in the instance above, in early January 2004- almost a month after the initial discovery of a BSE cow– state health officials discovered that five restaurants in the Oakland area had received soup bones from the lot of tainted beef, that soup had been made that people ate and that NONE of the restaurant owners had received written notice of the recall nor had federal inspectors visited until 10 days after the recall. That’s terrifying and I’d be LIVID. (As you all know, I’m plant-based and don’t eat meat but this is ANOTHER reason to stop eating conventionally grown beef.)

But. There’s. More.

You see, there are actually 3 cows with BSE in this story: the first was born in Canada, the second in Texas and then the Alabama cow. And after “extensive government investigations” were conducted to find the source, it was found that the government had actually “protected the identifies of the ranches that produced the BSE cows from food consumers, placing the interests of meat producers above the endangered public.” 3 Honestly, I wouldn’t expect them to do anything less than hide and lie.

This is shameful behavior but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. To read the rest of the story, click here. 


Sources and References

  1. Salon, August 2, 2017.
  2. Salon, August 2, 2017.
  3. Salon, August 2, 2017.