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Mad cows and sick chickens: capitalism and the food supply

by 5m Editor
9 April 2004, at 12:00am

US - Are you becoming afraid of the grocery store? If you are, it’s no wonder. Mad cow disease, avian flu, and mercury in salmon are the latest dangers to our food supply. With the first diagnosis of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) in a U.S. cow, Dec. 23, 2003, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman and spokesmen for the beef industry rushed to reassure us that the food supply was safe, that we need not change our eating habits. Thirteen other nations were just as quick to ban imports of U.S. beef. Japan’s ban is still in place.

5m Editor