Mark Purdey was born in the village of Much Hadham in the UK. He is a descendent of the globally renowned "Purdey shotgun" family and attended London University to study zoology and psychology. In his mid twenties, he pioneered an organic dairy farm on which he bred up a herd of pedigree Jersey cattle. The breeding was designed to produce cattle that demonstrated longevity and an ability to produce milk from a self-sufficient system with minimal reliance upon feed. Mark initiated research into the environmental prerequisites of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies after BSE erupted in four cows that he had purchased. None of his farm bred cows ever contracted BSE. His investigative journey into the origins of Mad Cow has been featured on several UK television documentary films, and Mark has been invited to address many UK government scientific advisory committees.
Making his first appearance on C2C, ecologist and organic farmer, Mark Purdey shared his theory on BSE (Mad Cow Disease). Through his studies, he has concluded the illness is actually caused by levels of metal micro-crystals in the environment that bind up with prion proteins to form a crystal structure in the brain "that is the hallmark of the disease." Further, he said metallic particles in Great Britain were radioactive from the Chernobyl nuclear fallout. Organophosphates used in insecticide products are another environmental factor in the disease, Purdey noted.But the cattle feed explanation behind BSE is a red herring, as thousands of cows came down with the disease after the feed was banned in Britain, he said. His views, which have pitted him against both mainstream science as well as global corporations, have made him a controversial figure, and he detailed various harassments he has faced such as mysterious fires at his home and farm. ... More »Host: George Noory