This Wall Street Journal article isn't making me happy.
Mad cow disease is thought to spread to cows by feeding them the remains of other mammals. This practice has been banned. Or so I thought. According to the WSJ, feeding the remains of cows, sheep, goats and deers to their living relatives has been banned. But feeding those remains to pigs, chickens, or pets is still permissible.
And then feeding those pigs and chickens back to cows is also permissible. Apparently this has been banned elsewhere, but not in the US. I guess we're not supposed to think more than one move ahead. (And no, the irony of the context of this post and the previous one is not lost on me.)
This is not making me happy. I'm going to hold off on the beef for a while. Which is a shame, because it's just so tasty.