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Remember BSE?

News came through yesterday of two cases of vCJD – aka “the human form of mad cow disease” in Spain.

Which all goes to remind us of the time a few years back when, thanks to the evil Tories and their relaxation of some farming regulations, some half a million cases of CJD were being predicted, mainly because of the widely accepted link between eating BSE infected meat and developing CJD. That was a view supported by a major enquiry that heard evidence from many prominent scientists. Much public research funding then flowed, and the cattle industry nearly collapsed.

An epidemic of vCJD did indeed materialise … at a peak of, err, 28 cases in 2000.

But that was then, this is now. Nowadays, we don’t rely on faux scientific consensus backed by governments to hammer our industries and scare people, while doubters are shouted down as ignorant heretics and condemned as being in the pay of those industries being cast as the wrong-doers.

In other news, global warming continues apace.

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