by Marion Nestle
Jun 9 2008

They’re rioting in Korea

More than 65,000 people in Seoul took to the streets to protest the South Korean government’s decision to allow imports of American beef. Why? Because we haven’t convinced them that our cattle do not have mad cow disease. Sunday, 40,000 rioted again. The issue has a long history rooted in distrust of America dating with our war with Korea in the early 1950s. It also has a lot to do with our less than stringent efforts to ensure that U.S. cattle do not have or get mad cow disease. The situation with Korea is a mess, and one likely to be difficult to clean up.

Comments

  • Sally K. Fairfax
  • June 9, 2008
  • 3:47 pm

Hi Marion:

Good for the Koreans. Americans shouldn’t eat it either. I wouldn’t buy American Beef either, unless its grass fed and organic.

  • rj
  • June 9, 2008
  • 5:24 pm

Unfortunately, most are not grass fed. They are fed bonemeal and corn that their rumens can’t handle.

What’s the number again for the number of cows that are actually tested for mad cow disease? Less than 1%?

  • madcow
  • July 13, 2008
  • 7:10 am

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