Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Meat The Enemy

posted by The Sailor @ 11:16 PM Permalink

US on mad cow: Don't test all cattle

The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.

The Agriculture Department tests less than 1 percent of slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. But Kansas-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all of its cows.

Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone tested its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive test, too.
Whaaat! Geebus, even folks who've had Econ 101 know about the economies of scale so if a small company can afford this test it will be even cheaper for a large company.

And the fact that Bushco is refusing to let someone voluntarily incur extra expense to test for a deadly disease is ... well, I was about to write unthinkable, but what may be unthinkable to you or me is just a day at the office for Bush. Geebus, how Orwellian can you get! War is Peace; Diplomacy is Weakness ... OK, the analogy breaks down here at '4 legs good, 2 legs bad.' That one I'm starting to see;-)

But wait! There's morons!
The Agriculture Department regulates the test and argued that widespread testing could lead to a false positive that would harm the meat industry.

A federal judge ruled in March that such tests must be allowed. U.S. District Judge James Robertson noted that Creekstone sought to use the same test the government relies on and said the government didn't have the authority to restrict it.

The ruling was to take effect June 1, but the Agriculture Department said Tuesday it would appeal - effectively delaying the testing until the court challenge plays out.
Get that? They waited until the last minute to file an appeal to make sure that our food supply stays at risk for as long as possible.

Bush et al have tainted or destroyed everything they've ever touched; our legal system, our food, our air, our children, our economy, our shining beacon of hope and freedom ... someone, please stop them before they kill again.

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