A farmer in my family told me, ‘People want clean meat.’
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. Our UK Government wants rid of bTB, because then the European Union (EU) would call us Officially Tuberculosis Free (OTF) and that would be good for business.
Here in Britain, bTB is a notifiable disease because it can infect people. Fuelled by that possibility, our Department for Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) aims to eradicate bTB in England within the next 25 years. Here’s the policy. Here’s TB Free England which, as its name suggests, is firmly in favour of the eradication policy.
But some people disagree. They think eradication is a daft idea. That we should learn to live with bTB which is no longer a real threat to the consumer (if it ever was) since…
View original post 407 more words