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  • Why aren't we worried about mad cow disease?

    Why are we so sure our beef is safe?
    well then

  • #2
    I was going to say "because we trust our government" but......um....no. As BSE comes from the feeding of animal tissue to herbivores, I guess that grass fed and organic will be the safest bet.
    Of course the feeding of discarded cattle brains to cows is now banned, but that never stopped Big Agro before.

    We rear our own beef animal each year. All I can suggest is get to know a farmer to the point where you really trust him/her. If they eat their own beef it's a good sign too!
    Last edited by Crofter; 08-28-2012, 05:15 AM.

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    • #3
      You can get food poisoning from anything. You're far more likely to get salmonella from poultry than mad cow disease, which is exceedingly rare. More food illnesses and deaths are caused by tainted produce than bad meat. Technically, vegetables are the biggest killer. Every month there's a new e.coli outbreak. We won't even get into the number of deaths caused by car accidents driving to the grocery store. How do we even know we'll make it to ACME in one piece?

      If we worried all day about everything that could kill us, we'd never stop worrying and die at 19 years old of a massive peptic ulcer. Use common sense. Wash your produce, cook your meat appropriately and keep your kitchen clean. If you're washing and cooking your food, you should be okay.
      Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 08-28-2012, 05:24 AM.
      Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gadsie View Post
        Why are we so sure our beef is safe?
        The husband of a lady who used to work with my wife was a stock man. He says that here in the UK all cattle have to be tagged from birth nowadays and are regularly checked for any signs of illness. BSE would instantly be reported and dealt with. OTOH, if you're buying meat from places that do not have the same stringent controls......
        Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.

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        • #5
          i like to gamble
          beautiful
          yeah you are

          Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
            i like to gamble
            I don't, the steaks are too high. Zing!
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            • #7
              niiiice one
              beautiful
              yeah you are

              Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
              lol

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              • #8
                When cattle are allowed to eat their natural food, they don't get mad cow disease. That is a disease of forcing cattle to eat industrial waste made from cattle brains and spinal columns. Cattle are meant to eat grass, not each other.
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                • #9
                  The same reason I'm afraid of having anvils fall from the sky.
                  Crohn's, doing SCD

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                    When cattle are allowed to eat their natural food, they don't get mad cow disease. That is a disease of forcing cattle to eat industrial waste made from cattle brains and spinal columns. Cattle are meant to eat grass, not each other.
                    So, conclusion, don't eat meat anywhere else besides your home or absolutely trusted places
                    well then

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
                      You can get food poisoning from anything. You're far more likely to get salmonella from poultry than mad cow disease, which is exceedingly rare. More food illnesses and deaths are caused by tainted produce than bad meat. Technically, vegetables are the biggest killer. Every month there's a new e.coli outbreak. We won't even get into the number of deaths caused by car accidents driving to the grocery store. How do we even know we'll make it to ACME in one piece?

                      If we worried all day about everything that could kill us, we'd never stop worrying and die at 19 years old of a massive peptic ulcer. Use common sense. Wash your produce, cook your meat appropriately and keep your kitchen clean. If you're washing and cooking your food, you should be okay.
                      Yeah you're right, I just don't want to take unnecessary risks
                      well then

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                        When cattle are allowed to eat their natural food, they don't get mad cow disease. That is a disease of forcing cattle to eat industrial waste made from cattle brains and spinal columns. Cattle are meant to eat grass, not each other.
                        Exactly. And this is part of the reason it is a good idea to make sure you know where your food is coming from. Industrial farms are more likely to feed their animals a mixture of all kinds of unhealthy and unnatural garbage. Local farms you can at least go check out to see what conditions the animals are raised in and can get information about what their diets consist of.

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                        • #13
                          Buy grass fed beef, it's expensive but you can eat it all. Regular beef from grocery stores you take a risk along with everything else, i.e., cantaloupe & spinach especially this summer. Fat on a cow is full of toxins if they're not pastured and grass fed, throw it away. I buy from la Cense beef because I just love them and all of their products, but I am interested in finding local guys to save $$..I need a freezer to hold it, tho.

                          p.s. Got a recorded phone message from my grocery store this summer saying I bought some ORGANIC spinach which had been found with e coli, they advised I discard the spinach, only problem it was SIX weeks after I ate it. I went over there and spoke to the manager, he looked at me like I was nuts when I told him that kind of info should be in the paper and on the nightly news, not weeks and weeks after most anyone would have eaten the product. Luckily, I was in a cooked spinach mode at the time so I guess that would have killed it?

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                          • #14
                            Why aren't we afraid of everything and running like Piglet and Wade Duck at every hint of danger? Because it's better to die in peace than to live in fear. There's caution, there's planning ahead and making good choices, and then there's wearing a tinfoil hat and worrying about shark attacks in the desert. You couldn't get mad cow if you tried. Go ahead, I dare you. Eat every cow brain in your county over the next year and your odds are still infinitesimal. You need to save your fear for real things.
                            Crohn's, doing SCD

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gadsie View Post
                              Why are we so sure our beef is safe?
                              It's kind of interesting that the other "mad" animal that cropped up at around the same time was the domestic cat.

                              It may be that BSE was caused by feeding body-parts to cattle -- and even if it wasn't that's so obviously a damn stupid idea that one wonders why "scientists" ever suggested it -- but there's a possibility that the problem was in fact caused by organophosphates, which were used pretty promiscuously at one time with both cows and cats. The UK had a particularly bad problem and there MAFF (the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food) recommended dosing cattle with a systemic (sic) insecticide against warble-fly. You get the implications of "systemic" there, I trust ...

                              I recall one of the very few human victims in the UK was a vegetarian veterinary nurse who, of course, didn't eat meat but did handle and dose a lot of cats.

                              Now, I'm not saying organophosphates were the cause, but it's something to bear in mind.

                              Of course, if everyone farmed like Joel Salatin, whatever the cause we'd be unlikely to have these appalling problems anyway. I can't wait to hear his AHS talk, if it gets posted. I hear it was one of the highlights of the conferences.

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