What a disappointment to read the many wingnuts on the Web who are blaming "the liberal media" and environmentalists for blowing out of purportion the threat of BSE (Mad Cow Disease) in the USA. Bush makes a point of saying how he continues to eat beef. Well, fine. But, until just a few months ago America's beef were eating beef--ground up carcasses of diseased, 'downer' cows in the feed fed to them by profit-driven factory farms.
As I've mentioned here earlier, contemporary methods of producing meat in America are loathsome. I can't help but conclude that the only reason we tolerate the inhumane conditions animals destined for our tables are kept is the inexpensive prices we pay for our food.
Americans are spoiled. We pay very little for our food as compared to other nations. American's, for instance, pay about 7.5% of household income for food. Europeans average about 18%, the Japanese pay nearly 40%.
What good news then it is to read today, finally, about an intelligent approach to preventing future contamination of our food supplies; and what a nice change for the cattle who will be allowed to roam on grassland in fresh air and sunshine.
Grass-fed beef, no doubt, will cost more than factory-farmed meat, but if a few pennies out of my pocket can influence the success of humane, wholesome, dare I say natural, production of beef I shall happily cough up a bit more money.
Let's hope it starts a movement. Better for animals, better for farmers, better for the environment, better for our health.