Mad Cow U. S. A.: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?

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Mad Cow U.S.A. shatters the false belief that the government and food industry would never let it happen here. Even as tens of thousands of cows died in Britain, the government denied the risk to human beings. Knowing the similar risk in the U.S., government and industry have managed a successful public relations offensive to keep Americans in the dark. Rampton and Stauber expose, for the first time, the deadly game of "dementia roulette" being played with our food supply. ...
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Mad Cow U.S.A. is not the book to read before you go out for a steak. In fact, it's not really a book to read before eating anything; this chronicle of government cave-in to ... pressure from the food industry just might scare away your appetite. Authors Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber argue that both the American and British governments colluded with beef producers to suppress important facts about interspecies transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or "mad cow disease"--facts that might have prevented gruesome deaths. Could a British-style BSE epidemic happen in America? In a 1996 TV talk show, Oprah Winfrey attempted to ask the same question, only to find herself slapped with a lawsuit by a group of Texas cattlemen. Their grounds: the so-called agricultural product disparagement laws currently on the books in 13 states; these laws prohibit people from questioning the safety of any agricultural product, shifting the legal burden of proof from the food industry to its watchdogs. What happens when anyone who speaks out about problems with our food supply can be sued into silence? Rampton and Stauber fear grave consequences for public health, and they make a convincing case against these laws--and, inadvertently, for vegetarianism. - Read more Show Less

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Mad Cow U.S.A. shatters the false belief that the government and food industry would never let it happen here. Even as tens of thousands of cows died in Britain, the government denied the risk to human beings. Knowing the similar risk in the U.S., government and industry have managed a successful public relations offensive to keep Americans in the dark. Rampton and Stauber expose, for the first time, the deadly game of "dementia roulette" being played with our food supply.

An investigation of the risk mad cow disease poses in the U.S.

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What People Are Saying

Bill McKibben
"This book may turn your stomach, but it will turn your head as well. Eye openign and long overdue." -- Author, The End of Nature
Jeremy Rifkin
"Chilling and revealing food for thought. Every American family ought to read this book." -- Author of Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture
Jim Hightower
"It's not just cows that are mad, so are our so-called consumer protectors. You'll be mad-as-hell too after reading this dynamic book."
John Robbins
"A red altert about the deadly consequences of factory farming. Let's hope it's not too late." -- Author, Diet for a New America and Reclaiming Our Health
Laura Flanders
"Whether you eat meat or just the ground-up news fed by the corporate media, you'd have to be crazy not to read Mad Cow U.S.A." -- Author, Real Majority, Media Minority: The cost of Sidelining Women in Reporting
Lois Gibbs
"Frightening and revealing. Great Britain's nightmare could become America's reality." -- Author, Dying for Dioxin
Nicols Fox
"This looming disaster is no Sci-Fi scenario. A fabulous and urgently needed warning." -- Author, Spoiled: The Dangerous Truth About a food Chain Gone Haywire
Timmothy B. McCann
"Reads like a detective story. This first-rate workof investigative journalism provides the real story of mad cow disease. -- Author of Examing Your Doctor: A Patient's Guide to Avoiding Harmful Medical Care
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567511116
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2001

    The journey from cannibals to mad cows

    The book is a compelling account of how complacent governments are when it comes to the public food supply.

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