World Watch


Just when consumers were starting to feel good about eating British meat again, a new health hazard erupted, throwing the farming industry into crisis. The discovery of at least six outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in English pigs prompted the government to ban exports of all livestock, milk and meat products until March 1. The outbreak could cost the industry as much as $75 million. Though the disease is not lethal to humans, it is devastating to animals and highly contagious. Citizens were urged to forgo potentially risky activities such as visiting farms, fox hunting and...

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