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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd; 1st ed. edition (27 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715631446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715631447
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,267,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As for vaccination in relation to FMD, there is not only a vibrant debate on this subject, world experts such as Prof Fred Brown have advocated the same and both the EU Commission and the OIE are reviewing their position.

Finally, conspiracies there may be... theories they are not. The exposition on BSE and the activity relating to the concealment of the potential problem of vaccines using bovine material is a faithful record of the BSE Inquiry and the evidence submitted (which I checked in person). The activity on the Belgian dioxin crisis is taken from the Belgian Parliament official inquiry, translated personally from the French. The salmonella in eggs analysis was based on a seven year study, much of which contributed to my PhD thesis which, of course, was subject to rigorous academic scrutiny.

About the Author

Dr Richard North is a leading agriculture policy expert with experience of both the private and public sectors. He is the author, with Christopher Booker, of two books on bureaucracy and the EU: The Mad Officials (1994) and The Castle of Lies (1996).

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"The fate of agriculture is intimately bound up with the fate of democracy itself....no civilisation has ever survived the loss of its agricultural base" concludes Dr North at the end of a most worrying, informed and penetrating survey of the legislation that has led to the situation British rural communities now find themselves in.
Dr North knows intimately the ways of successive bureaucracies who have managed, by a combination of well meaning bungling and carelessly imposed regulatory burdens, to put British farming at a disadvantage. Although known to be an energetic and witty Eurosceptic, Dr North does not lay very much of the blame for the plight of British agriculture at the feet of the EU Commission. It is, to our shame, Britain itself that has so mismanaged food scares, EU regulation, the CAP and - especially - the recent animal diseases.
The book is both depressing and exhilarating. Dr North is under no illusions about the many sad mistakes to have hit the farming industry but he also has sensible suggestions for avoiding complete catastrophe. He writes in an accessible manner which avoids any kind of sensationalism. Far from jumping on bandwagons, he looks closely and critically at the many conspiracy theories of recent months and debunks them, seeing much more to worry about in the narrow self-interests of scientists, big business and empire building government departments. Criticisms of current farming practices are looked at very coolly, as are the complaints about unfairness from the supermarkets. Even MAFF/DEFRA, the department who so grotesquely mishandled disease control, is dealt with fairly - although he pulls no punches when looking at, for example, the dirty dealing that led to the loss of so many British slaughterhouses.
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This is a most timely book on the topic of agriculture in Britain today. Dr North is only too aware of the lessons that should have been heeded. This is particularly so in relation to the FMD crisis which has altered so many lives and meant the untimely and unnecessary death for millions of animals and not just farm animals. The evidence is there (including scientific evidence) for all to see that VACCINATION should have been the way forward.
An excellent and readable account.
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I had hoped for a more informed and more analytical approach to the undeniably serious problems that are facing UK agriculture. North lashes out indiscriminately at practically everyone, and in particular government agencies. Conspiracy theories abound. North's acceptance of one of the wackiest explanations for BSE (OPs) and his advocacy of vaccination as opposed to stamping out for FMD suggest he is not fully informed at least on animal health issues. One has to suspect that his comments on other issues may be based on similarly limited information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all who care about Britain 23 Jan. 2002
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"The fate of agriculture is intimately bound up with the fate of democracy
itself....no civilisation has ever survived the loss of its agricultural
base" concludes Dr North at the end of a most worrying, informed and
penetrating survey of the legislation that has led to the situation British
rural communities now find themselves in.
Dr North knows intimately the ways of successive bureaucracies who have
managed, by a combination of well meaning bungling and carelessly imposed
regulatory burdens, to put British farming at a disadvantage. Although known
to be an energetic and witty Eurosceptic, Dr North does not lay very much of
the blame for the plight of British agriculture at the feet of the EU
Commission. It is, to our shame, Britain itself that has so mismanaged food
scares, EU regulation, the CAP and - especially - the recent animal
diseases.
The book is both depressing and exhilarating. Dr North is under no illusions
about the many sad mistakes to have hit the farming industry but he also has
sensible suggestions for avoiding complete catastrophe. He writes in an
accessible manner which avoids any kind of sensationalism. Far from jumping
on bandwagons, he looks closely and critically at the many conspiracy
theories of recent months and debunks them, seeing much more to worry about
in the narrow self-interests of scientists, big business and empire building
government departments. Criticisms of current farming practices are looked
at very coolly, as are the complaints about unfairness from the
supermarkets. Even MAFF/DEFRA, the department who so grotesquely mishandled
disease control, is dealt with fairly - although he pulls no punches when
looking at, for example, the dirty dealing that led to the loss of so many
British slaughterhouses.
If anyone still wonders why so many thousands of concerned people in Britain
have been calling out for a proper public inquiry into the government's
handling of the foot and mouth crisis they need only read this book. They
will then see the foot and mouth crisis to have been just the latest in a
long line of tragic errors - a final straw that cannot be ignored.
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