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
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...
Sheldon Rampton -- who co-authored the scaremongering book Mad Cow U.S.A. with John Stauber -- has given his first interview on the subject since a single infected cow was identified in the state of Washington. The publication that garners this exclusive wasn't the...

Combating Mad Cow Confusion

(January 6th, 2004)
It's a fact of life that professional activists have axes to grind, and the U.S. mad-cow scare has ignited our home-grown fearmongers like nothing else. But worry not -- the Center for Consumer Freedom is fighting back, with a full-page ad on the back cover...
"A lie will go 'round the world while the truth is pulling on its boots." That proverb rings especially true in the world of mad-cow activism. And there's one lie in particular that's earning more than its share of frequent-flier miles: the unfounded claim that blood-plasma protein derived from...

Mad Cow News Update: Day Ten

(January 2nd, 2004)
First, the bad news: For mad-cow alarmists, the New Year brings opportunities to exaggerate a single sick farm animal into gains for animal-rights groups, organic-food zealots, and anti-capitalist extremists. The good news is that we're staying on top of mad-cow hysteria and activist hype, calling "shenanigans" on...

Mad Cow News Update: Day Eight

(December 31st, 2003)
Read on for today's installment of news on the animal-rights, organic-food, and anti-capitalist activists who are trying to spin a minor agricultural incident into a major, nationwide fear of food. Some organic and vegetarian food marketers are trying to turn the mad cow situation to their commercial advantage. One claims...

Mad Cow News Update: Day Seven

(December 30th, 2003)
As the news unfolds, we're staying on top of mad-cow hysteria and activist hype. Here's a sampling of what's on our radar screen today. A mad-cow-related editorial in the Las Vegas Review-Journal called "Candidates do no favors by promoting far-fetched fears" argues: "the greatest danger to America's...