Catching Bird Flu Hysteria

(November 8th, 2005)
If the recent news explosion about bird flu has taught us anything, it's that food scares abhor a vacuum. Now that the British government has declared the mad-cow scare has peaked and is in decline, the news media -- and animal rights groups -- are...

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BSE Deaths

(January 20th, 2005)

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One notable remnant of mad-cow hysteria is on its way out the door. A homespun activist claiming that a so-called "cluster" of 17 Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) cases was linked to beef served at a New Jersey racetrack recently sparked a media frenzy. From the New...
It's been over four months since a single cow in the United States was diagnosed with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. Despite the best efforts of animal rights and organic food scaremongers to terrify the public away from the conventional beef supply, American
A woman who claims to have served her family beef around the time a single case of mad cow disease was discovered is now suing her supermarket. Never mind that a Harvard study found the risk of a human getting sick from mad cow disease is
The Center for Consumer Freedom sent letters today to the nation's 75 largest school boards, warning about a radical animal rights group that is posing as a health organization. Yesterday the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) wrote school foodservice directors all across the U.S., urging them to serve...

Mad Cow Q & A

(January 20th, 2004)
You've got questions. We've got answers. We consulted with university scientists, farmers, government agencies, and other experts to answer the questions most frequently asked of us by American consumers. As the mad cow hype thickens, we'll be expanding this resource -- so check back often.
  1. Since three U.S....

Mad Cow: A cause for alarm?

(January 16th, 2004)
I'm more mad than alarmed, but the object of my anger might surprise you. I'm not ticked off at the cattlemen who produce American beef, the grocers who sell it, the restaurants that serve it, or even the government agencies that have done yeoman's work in keeping our level...
While Luddite intellectual guru Jeremy Rifkin has stayed on the sidelines of the recent mad-cow debate, three of his former employees -- Ronnie Cummins, John Stauber, and Howard Lyman -- have taken the lead in fanning the flames of panic. This...