chapter  4
23 Pages

Silent Spread 55

ByFred Brown

If anyone thought that the government had learnt lessons from BSE they were wrong. When foot and mouth disease struck UK agriculture in 2001, the feeling of déjà vu became all too apparent. Dissenting scientists, who were world experts in their field, were once again marginalized, as a small group of elite scientists formulated policies that had a devastating impact. Macro-economic policies and trade concerns overruled those of common sense, precaution, animal welfare and health protection.