Originally Posted by bsms
Hmmm...so foot & mouth disease doesn't exist in the US? Or are our cattle so spread out that it isn't hard to deal with?
And the point about horse slaughter is that horses are not raised for food. The vast majority of horses going to slaughter went there after first being considered riding stock.
Regulations ARE obeyed. The US has objected to the EU rules, but that is all. And my suggestion was that we look elsewhere. The beef here is just as healthy to eat as beef in the EU. If you want "organic", you can get it. If you don't give a rat's rear, like most American consumers, you buy your beef knowing the main health concern is portion control - eating too much and getting fat. If there was evidence that the EU has lower cancer rates due to their controls, the US might adopt them. But there is no evidence, and most of our meat goes to our domestic market, so we don't care.
The EU is up to its neck with government weenies. It is an international HOA with the control freak minority trying to dominate everyone else. Happily, the US is large enough to blow them a big, beefy raspberry...
I'm not sure what your argument is
The US has been free of FMD since 1929
Its is way more spread out because it does have way more open land, farming in countries like the UK is way more intensive because it doesn't have the acreage available or the distance between farms
I'm not aware that any of the EU farming policies have anything to do with trying to reduce cancer rates - the fact that some people may be trying to make a statistical analysis from it has nothing to do with them
The only concern with the horse slaughter issue is that horses going for slaughter in the EU for human consumption have to conform with the same regulations as any other meat producing animal and as you rightly say - many of the horses going to canada & mexico are unwanted riding horses so the EU feels that it has to protect its food source from these places in the same way as it does from its own countries.
The US doesn't eat horse meat so why should they worry - neither does the UK - but those countries that do feel they have a right to be feel confident in what they eat and not just be a dumping ground for unwanted US horses because the US can't get its head around providing slaughter facilities in its own country.
If the US has no need to export beef then why should it have any concerns at all about how the EU is run - its not going to have any effect on them at all
As of March 2012 the US was still upholding its 15 year old ban on importing beef from the EU. I'm not sure if there is any change on that