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Bovine spongiform encephalopathy

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:171
  1. Stephen Dealler
  1. Consultant microbiologist Burnley General Hospital, Burnley BB10 2PQ

    Disease is due to pressure on farming industry

    EDITOR,—I agree with A J McMichael's statement that bovine spongiform encephalopathy may in some way be due to the build up of pressure on the farming industry.1 As a researcher into the disease I have had to investigate the reasons why it has occurred in Britain and apparently not elsewhere. It became clear to me that the economics of the highly efficient system in Britain were involved.

    Farmers in Britain are commonly tenants, and so their rent can increase when profits increase (for example, due to the common agricultural …

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