Noah Taylor Jason Stanwood Gifted and Talented Science 7B March 1, 2012 Mad Cow Disease Makes You Not Want To Eat Meat In 1986, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as Mad Cow Disease, was first diagnosed in Britain. Epidemiologists conducted studies that suggested that the source of BSE was contaminated cattle feed. Several cows became sick. Some suspect that they were fed sheep that were infected with Scrapie, a fatal disease that affects the nervous system. It took several years for the government to admit that humans could die from the infected cows.
Until August 1997, cattle were routinely fed the remains of other cows ( )”. The dangerous practice of adding the remains of other cows to feedlots allowed the dangerous virus to enter the food chain and the practice now is banned by the Food and Drug Administration. When the virus has entered the body of cows there is an incubation period of
Chapter 22 skin infections * Skin infection - can kill you, mess with your bones, tissues, skin infection, heart valve infection, food poising * Staphylococcus aureus(staff) * Purple cluster spheres * Why is staff so pathogenic (disease causing) Pathogenic mechanisms of Staph.aureus * leukocidin * It kills your white blood cells * Coagulase - factor that makes your blood clot * With clotting white blood cells are not able to help fight off cause they are blocked * Protein A * They are Y shaped * Protein A binds to antibodies * They form by the ends off the tips off the top of the Y * Binds antibodies in the wrong direction so it will not trigger antibodies
When the Act was passed, the meat packaging industry had to succumb to continuous inspections and investigations by the Agricultural Department which would be paid for by the meat packaging industry. Furthermore, the Act would require stamps on meat products that were sent to market for public consumption. There have been many amendments created to correspond with enhancements in the meat industry. The Federal Meat Inspection Act was established to warrant the health of American consumers. It abolished any diseased or contaminated meat before the consumer gets it.
The cows have no say in what they have to eat so they are pretty much fed toxic garbage. Next, the food industry should be changed because each burger contains one-hundred different pieces of cows. Imagine people eating all of the cows on one farm. John White, a meat farmer, said that people are always calling him, complaining about people getting sick because of eating two bites of a burger and he is tired of it. Before, tobacco farming was very popular, but now it has changed to meat farming.
Those who still eat beef are, in my view, foolishly exposing themselves to the risk of contracting the horrifying human version of Mad Cow Disease. Add to those hazards the fact that if you eat meat you may be consuming hormones, drugs and other chemicals that have been fed to the animals before they were killed and you can see the extent of the danger. No one knows precisely what effect eating the hormones in meat is likely to have on your health. But the risk is there and I think it's a big one. Some farmers use tranquillisers to keep animals calm.
Two common tests performed on animals to determine the toxicity of a chemical are the LD50 and the Draize test. The LD50 test is a test in which a group of animals is forced to eat a substance until half of the group dies. This test causes animals to experience pain, diarrhea, and bleeding from the eyes and mouth. Whichever animals don’t die in the experiment are killed there after. The Draize test is a test in which a certain substance is dripped into the eye of an animal.
In July of 2001 Barbara Kowalcyk and her family were coming home from a vacation when their two and a half year old son, Kevin got E. coli from eating a hamburger. He went from a healthy two and a half year old, to dead in just twelve days. Now Barbara is a food safety advocate trying to stop the beef companies spread E. coli. Later in the movie Michael Pollan states “switching feedlot cattle to a grass diet would eliminate eighty percent of the E. coli in the cows’ digestive tracts” (Food, Inc.). The beef industry won’t ever do that because it would slow the cattle’s growth and it will hurt the company’s profit.
Sadly because corn is not in the normal diet for these animals it can and it is harmful not only to the environment but also on human health. Pollan who was informing us of all this information then goes on to say the feces from the animals at the immensely large farms can in fact pollute water supplies of the surrounding areas. The film then goes into a truly touching story from a lady named Barbara Kowalcyk, whom is extremely passionate about food safety, because her 2 year old son had been infected with E.coli and had sadly passed away. Barbara was followed throughout the film while she was working to get a law passed, Kevin’s law, for