Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Where's the beef?

Scientists are reporting that the December discovery of mad-cow disease in Washington State involves a previously unknown strain of prion, suggesting that bovine spongiform encephalopathy, like viruses and the sheep prion disease scrapie, may have a number of variants, which makes fighting the disease that much harder. I don't eat meat, but if I did I sure as fuck wouldn't eat meat that had been through the American meat-processing system. I'm hoping that this disease might make people more willing to give up the minor convenience of the drive-through and support their local farmers and ranchers.