Vijay Cuddeford, a freelance writer and researcher from Brampton, Ontario, specializes in sustainable pest management, agriculture, biotechnology and the environmental impact of agricultural practices.
The debate on how to manage foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) takes on a serious tone considering the latest statistics from the U.K. As of May 14, 2001, over three million animals had been slaughtered, including approximately 500,000 cattle, over two million sheep, 118,000 pigs, and 2,000 goats. Half a million animals are awaiting slaughter.2 It has been estimated that 95% of slaughtered animals were healthy and uninfected.
It's reasonable to say that ten years ago, many organic consumers were happy to buy organic food, regardless of the quality. But increasingly, today’s organic consumer is a different breed and won’t accept stunted apples, wilted spinach, or stale bread. Organic and high quality. That’s what consumers expect today.
“A cloak of loose, soft material, held to the Earth's hard surface by gravity, is all that lies between life and lifelessness.”