Click here: 03/13: AOL News: US Bans EU Animal Imports
Over in Europe, mad Cow disease along with Hoof and Mouth is cause big problems. According to an article I just read, the USDA has just banned the import of beef and pork products from several European nations. McDonalds has ordered it’s beef suppliers to produce certification that their products meet the US feed rules and regulations or they will be dropped.
Now, I was doing a little thinking, though not too much because it might strain my brain. Mad Cow disease is spread by a form of protein, which means even virtually carbonizing the meat will not prevent the disease from being spread. Hoof and mouth, while caused by more conventional means, is a dickens to eliminate even in processing, which is why all affected animals are cremated.
Somewhere, some time ago, some enterprising person decided to do a couple of things, being greedy and probably faced with masses of gruesome waste. First, portions of manure from herbivores were dumped into feed preparations, especially with chickens. So, cows and chickens get to essentially, eat their own shit, mixed with other things.
Well, not too bad. It’s all vegetable material, but, you know, certain forms of bacteria resist the digestive affects of the stomachs and bowels and require very high temperatures to be completely wiped out.
Then, organic remains were processed into the feed, like bones, guts, organs, probably feathers, beaks and anything else not used by humans. This meat slurry gets mixed with the animal feed in small amounts. Now, proponents of this gruesome practice claim it is great for the animals, giving them high protein amounts, higher calcium levels than with just vegetable feeds, along with assorted vitamins and minerals, which cuts down on expensive and often not real tasty artificial additives.
This slurry, is cooked, mixed, baked, ground, flavored, dried, and packaged, then sold to farmers as feed. They might of might not further cut it with portions of oats, corn, gain or hay pellets.
Basically, we’re giving herbivores meat and shit to eat. They are eating themselves. Herbivores are not omnivores, like we are. Herbivores mean vegetables and, in the area of fowl, insects with little real meat. Cows are not meat eaters.
They are now.
I’ve never liked that concept, figuring problems might arise, and they did. First with fecal bacteria becoming a major problem in the meat, along with hormones, and later, antibiotics.
Now, mad cow and H & M disease don’t respond to the processing – so why in hell don’t they stop it until the diseases pass? Nooooooo! Not these guys. They take in dead animals, which are acceptable to be converted into feed, process them and sell the infected or potentially affected food to farmers, who then get the diseases again!
I read an article years ago, by the author of ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, James Heriot, the famous English vet (I loved his works!), where he mentions an outbreak of hoof and mouth in his area caused by a shipment of improperly processed pork products, shipped in from France, that was used in feed and caused a terrible plague that took ages to stamp out and cost their government a fortune.
This happened shortly after WW2. It has happened frequently since then. All for the same reasons; animal flesh improperly processed being used for cattle and animal feed.
Doesn’t anyone learn? Doesn’t it dawn on these folks that maybe they should cut way, way down on animal flesh being used in feed, at least until the diseases go away?
As I read the articles, I happened to think that without imports of meat from some other nations, our beef and pork industry will gleefully increase the prices for us, even though we produce enough meat to feed a goodly chunk of the world.
Though, I cannot figure out why the feed makers don’t wise up!