"Mad Cow" Disease and the Animal Industrial Complex

  title={"Mad Cow" Disease and the Animal Industrial Complex},
  author={Carol J. Adams},
  journal={Organization \& Environment},
  pages={26 - 51}
  • C. Adams
  • Published 1 March 1997
  • Art
  • Organization & Environment
A possible link between bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly called "mad cow" disease, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the fatal human equivalent, has been announced. Both of these diseases are forms of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies that attack the brain and destroy its nerve cells. That a disease identified with cows since 1985 could possibly be spread to human beings by eating meat from infected animals prompted a crisis for the meat industry and consumers. Most responses to… 

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