It seems to me the people we've granted power to negotiate trade for us just keep saddling us with worse and worse deals.
The latest of these is the approval of Brazilian beef for shipment into the U.S. The screwing administered by this deal is twofold: First, I do not buy the argument that Brazil has foot and mouth disease (FMD) so well under control that it cannot spread here. The USDA says 14 states in Brazil are FMD-free. Hypothetically, this would be like saying it's safe if Kansas did not have FMD at the time, it would be safe to ship beef from Kansas, but not safe to ship beef from neighboring Oklahoma if it did have FMD.
That disease is extremely virulent and can't be detected until the symptoms break out several days after it’s contracted. That leaves plenty of time to spread the disease around and contaminate neighbors.
Just a couple years back I heard a veterinarian explain that FMD can be shed in great numbers and far and wide by a truckload of infected hogs going down the highway. Same with other animals. I wrote more about the spread of FMD in a past blog.
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