First U.S. Mad Cow Case
This is a potentially major news development full of ecological cause and effect. Vast, tightly packed cattle and other livestock herds are ripe for disease. Intensive cattle ranching is clearly ecologically unsustainable on a number of criteria. I occasionally eat beef, but having grown up on a homestead where we raised our own food, long for the return to a simpler, safer era of animal husbandry. Perhaps this will help get us there (if it does not kill us first).
ENN News Story – First U.S. mad cow disease prompts ban on beef sales
The first case of deadly mad cow disease in the United States has shaken the country's $27 billion U.S. cattle industry and prompted top importers in Asia to slap bans on American beef.