Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Are Natural Farming Practices Preventative of Foot-and-Mouth Diesease?

  • "The Gangwon Conference on Religion and Peace (GCRP) on Jan. 14 issued a message after a meeting at the Catholic Chunchon diocesan office in Chuncheon asking the Korea government to support affected farmers and transform existing livestock facilities into eco-friendly ones," reports Stephen Hong [emphasis mine] — Foot-and-mouth disease in Korea worrying.

  • Park Kyung-man reports on a farmer whose "150 Korean beef cattle remain uninfected despite the presence of the disease in nearby areas" and who "begins and ends each day by mixing effective microorganisms (EM) into feed and feeding it to the cattle, then mixing it with water and spraying down the area around the stall" — Disease-free farm draws attention amid foot-and-mouth outbreak.
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    Blogger Tiago said...

    We've had run-ins with foot-and-mouth disease and other bovine ailments here in Brazil. What works in these cases is constant veterinary care to prevent the onset or to limit its spread. Just like medical care does for humans, incidentally. What a coincidence!

    11:55 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    There have been numerous run-ins over the years with this disease in Korea, but this time it's almost apocalyptic, with two million head culled thus far.

    They've been spraying cars on all the highways for weeks, but to no avail. I'm really wondering what's going on here.

    12:06 AM  
    Blogger Donald said...

    Any chance the disease was intentionally introduced?

    8:28 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    It could have been, for all we know. People are complaining that the current government has not been aggressive enough, but every time I leave or re-enter my city, my car is sprayed. That never happened before.

    8:51 PM  

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