Michael Greger, MD, is the Mad Cow Coordinator for the Organic Consumers Association and the Chief BSE Investigator for www.nodowners.org (Farm Sanctuary). Dr. Greger has been speaking publicly about mad cow disease since 1993. He has debated the National Cattlemen's Beef Association before the FDA and was invited as an expert witness at the Oprah Winfrey infamous "meat defamation" trial.
He has contributed to many books and articles on the subject and continues to lecture extensively. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Michael Greger, a coordinator with the Organic Consumers Association and investigator Janet Skarbek, discussed Mad Cow Disease which in its human form is called CJD. Greger suggested that the disease started in cows after they consumed diseased sheep parts, which was in their feed. While Europe has outlawed the feeding of slaughterhouse waste to their livestock, it is still being done in the US, as it is cost effective for agribusiness, he noted. This is "corporate greed at the highest level," without regard for public health, commented Skarbek.Tiny protein structures called prions, causes the illness explained Greger, and they can remain infectious even after being cooked at extremely high temperatures. The illness has a very long incubation period, where a person may not become sick until 10-20 years after being exposed, he added, noting that the riskiest products are cheap processed meats, such as those used in fast foods. Skarbek advocated for more testing of cows for t ... More »Host: George Noory