Here is something that is stupid! CWD/MAD COW (samething and same prion family) is spread by prions, which is a protein. ---Much like other diseases such as nvCJD (The human form), etc. These fools want to munch up infected parts of cattle and put it into a fuel which is burned and released into the air that we breath. The trouble is the prions are NOT killed by chemicals or the heat of the engine combustion chamber. Prions only start to die with at least 3,000 degrees heat! The metal in the engine would melt before that!
What fools the "smart people" really are!
Cattle brains and other remains that may carry the deadly mad cow disease would be turned into biofuels under a plan announced on Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Cattle brains, skull, eyes, spinal column, small intestine and other parts suspected of harboring mad cow disease were banned from human consumption in December as a safety precaution, shortly after the discovery of the first case of mad cow disease in the United States.
Some consumer groups have called on the Bush administration to go a step further and ban these "specified risk materials" from swine, poultry and other animal feed made from ground-up cattle remains. All cattle parts already are banned from cattle feed to protect against the spread of mad cow disease.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering tougher regulations on animal feed since finding the brain-wasting disease in the United States. One month ago, an agency official said the FDA was considering banning specified risk materials from poultry and swine feed.
Under the new USDA program, a $50 million loan guarantee program would be set up to help small businesses in rural areas develop ways to turn cattle brains and other high-risk parts into a "bio-based source of energy."
Bill Hagy, a deputy administrator at USDA's rural development agency, said the purpose of the pilot program was to gauge commercial interest and to solicit ideas for alternate energy uses for the cattle parts.
"There are incinerating facilities out there that possibility could, with some retooling, be able to accommodate the need," Hagy said.
But Hagy said he did not know whether the pilot program was aimed at finding new uses for the risky cattle parts if they are banned from all animal feed.
A spokeswoman for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association said her organization supports the USDA pilot program.
A wider ban on the high-risk cattle parts has been watched closely by the U.S. soybean futures market. With tight soy supplies in the United States, a significant change in animal feed rules could have a big impact on products that could be used as a substitute in animal feeds, such as soybean meal.
Currently, the carcasses of cattle slaughtered at U.S. packing plants are typically sent to a separate rendering plant to be made into food for other animals, cosmetics or other materials. Last year, the United States slaughtered more than 35 million cattle.
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To Pro Taxidermist, Apparently, you should get some newer reading material as this has been brought up almost two years ago.Also, get material that has correct information. Your pushing the panic button.
Let me think,last year nobody here in the US contacted mad cow disease after eating 35 million cattle.Pretty good odds.
In reality, you and many others are fools. Over two hundred people have contracted this form of disease. Many people have been ex-humed and tests have confirmed the real cause of death. there is a "gag order" placed on the information as the Government does not want to panic people. But why worry? The damage is done and hunderds of thousands, if not millions of people are already infected. It will take the next forty years to grasp the full magnatude of this problem. You should be more up to date and know what you are talking about. The information I have comes from the ONLY TWO labs which have run the tests and the doctors involved are associates of mine.
People like you DON'T want to know the truth. You live in a world where you believe only what you want not what the facts are. Mostly because the population are JUST LIKE cattle--being led off to slaughter. You don't need or DESERVE to know anything but to simply be a CONSUMER. Keep spending your money and keep big business strong and let THEM run the country and make decisions for simple people like you. But, people like you will suffer your "fruits of ignorance and willful stupidity" when your time comes.
You better be careful Cecil, as you are now starting to show the first signs and symtoms of "mad cow". You are starting to become paranoid.
Don't forget that sheep, mink and even cats can contact the same "mad cow" disease with their prions.If I was you, I would be very carefull what critters you touch,pet or eat in the future. You never know what disease you could get. Good luck.
I think the simple solution for some would be to avoid breathing...