Food (?) for thought . . .

There has been a case of Mad Cow Disease reported in Alabama. Alabama, not England, not Canada. Good ole, two-states-away, we-dare-defend-our-rights Alabama.

When Mad Cow Disease started being reported in the UK several years ago, all I knew about the disease was what the newspapers reported, which wasn’t much.

Now I know that “Mad Cow Disease” is spread when cattle eat the brains, spinal cords, eyes, and blood of other cattle. “Ugh!” you may be saying, “But they wouldn’t do that! Cows are not carnivorous!”

That’s right, they’re not. As anyone who had piano lessons as a child knows, All Cows Eat Grass. Not meat. Not brains. Not eyes, spinal cords, or blood. Shouldn’t that be a (excuse the pun) no-brainer?

You’d think so.

Not in the U.S. When the Mad Cow epidemic got so bad in Europe, the World Health Organization made the following recommendations:

WHO Recommendation #1:
Stop Feeding Infected Animals to Other Animals

WHO Recommendation #2:
All Countries Must Establish Adequate Testing & Surveillance

WHO Recommendation #3:
Stop Feeding Bovine Brains, Eyes, Spinal Cords, & Intestines to People or Livestock

WHO Recommendation #4:
Stop Weaning Calves on Cow’s Blood

Europe has complied. That’s why you don’t hear reports about Mad Cow Disease coming from Europe anymore. The U.S. passed rules regarding all this back in 1997, but compliance is not closely monitored, and obviously some farmers are still feeding their cattle things that they shouldn’t.

This is in the “people are pretty dumb and God is pretty smart” category.

God designed cows to eat grass and other plants (such as grain). They don’t eat meat. One day, someone must have had the not-so-bright idea, “Hey, if we feed meat to our cattle, they will produce better meat.” There’s only one problem with this: God did not design cattle to eat meat.

Also in the “God is pretty smart” department: did you know that you can’t get Mad Cow Disease OR e coli or any of those other nasty diseases from eating kosher beef? Kosher beef cattle are not fed any meat products, and kosher butchers don’t even use the part of the animal that is near the colon, so there is no danger of cross-contamination.

Just a little food for thought . . .

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3 Responses to Food (?) for thought . . .

  1. jessie b says:

    Yeah when I was looking into the side effects and whatnot of melatonin before I started taking it I remember seeing a warning about taking the man-made form as the biological form is made from the pineal glands of cows and could possibly transmit disease. No duh.

  2. derorgelmeister says:

    Stephen Colbert did an excellent report on this. He said, “we need to reduce testing. Currently we test about 1% of all cattle. Under new guidelines has proposed, we would test less than one-tenth of one percent. This is not good enough. We test one percent right now, and we still found an infected cow. What we need to do is eliminate testing once and for all. Because remember: the statistics you don’t compile, don’t lie. And that’s The Word.”

  3. RevJATB says:

    Stehpen Colbert is the funniest newsman since Les Nessman.

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