December 24, 2003

Moo...I've Got Mad Cow

POST #    665

Looks like mad cow has reached the United States. That's not good news for beef lovers like myself. I have yet to read Fast Food Nation, so I still eat ground beef, but I'm thinking that I might have to read it now. I should make it part of my vacation reading, but that would seriously hinder my plans of eating In-N-Out Burger for every single meal. The cow was found in Washington, so I don't know how likely it is to turn up in my New York beef despite the fact that all cows go to large processing plants. Yes, that is correct, I am in denial. That's the first stage of death anxiety, right? Denial, anger, fear, bargaining, acceptance.

Reminds me of The Simpsons episode "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish":

Dr. Hibbert: Now, a little death anxiety is normal. You can expect to go through five stages. The first is denial.
Homer: No way! Because I'm not dying! [hugs Marge]
Dr. H: The second is anger.
Homer: Why you little! [steps towards Dr. H]
Dr. H: After that comes fear.
Homer: What's after fear? What's after fear? [cringes]
Dr. H: Bargaining.
Homer: Doc, you gotta get me out of this! I'll make it worth your while!
Dr. H: Finally, acceptance.
Homer: Well, we all gotta go sometime.
Dr. H: Mr. Simpson, your progress astounds me.

The experts say we should avoid certain foods like ground beef, brains, cheeks, neck bones, head meat, t-bones, pizza toppings, taco fillings, hot dog, salami, and bologna. Hmm. I'm looking at that list and I feel like I'm a prime candidate for eating some mad cow exposed meat. Except for brains, cheeks, neck bones, head meat, taco fillings, and bologna, I eat everything on that list. Trouble. Oh well. (Am I already at acceptance?)

- NY Times: Countries Ban American Beef After First Mad Cow Case
- NY Times: Danger to the Public Is Low, Experts Say
- USDA news release
- More on Gothamist

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 9:26 AM



Is it wrong to like saying "mad cow"? It's just such a weird name for a disease. "I got me the crazy cow sickness." It's like berri-berri and rickets, two diseases you learn about in Bio and you forget what they are but you like saying them.

Posted by: Jen at December 24, 2003 9:40 AM

nah, it cant be wrong. besides, it's better than saying "bovine spongiform encephalopathy." but i think "spongiform" is fun to say. and "creutzfeldt-jakob disease" isn't the most pleasant disease name either.

berri-berri? didn't homer get rickets when mr. burns had the sun-blocker in place? i remember him walking to the pick-up truck with huge bows in his legs.

Posted by: tien at December 24, 2003 9:51 AM

Somehow Fast Food Nation didn't turn me off meat products in any way... I think I can recall actually eating a hamburger while reading it... Nobody messes with my daily meat quota... I was more disturbed by the "flavor" chapter where it is revealed that every conceivable smell and flavor is manufactured at a plant somewhere in New Jersey. Yech!

Posted by: Sam T at December 24, 2003 10:05 AM

Yeah, I didn't stop eating meat after Fast Food Nation. Instead, I just try to buy organic meat more, under the idea that there is less disease since they don't grow up in feed lots, and that the slaughtering is done in a more hygenic way.

but don't miss out on your in-n-out burger experience - its sooo worth the risk of disease.

Posted by: dahl at December 24, 2003 11:09 AM

good to know that you guys didn't stop eating meat after reading the book. it makes me feel better.

when i went to san diego earlier this year, i had in-n-out about 4 times. i couldn't get enough of it. so good.

Posted by: tien at December 24, 2003 11:42 AM

i miss the point loma in n out soooo much!

Posted by: rachelle on christmas eve in wi at December 24, 2003 11:53 AM

I gave in to the idea of developnig MCD about two years ago, when I realized that a rational person would stop eating beef THEN. But, not me. I defy this disease to eat away at my brain faster than any number of my other daily practices! Wonder if they have 48 oz porterhouse steaks in the nursing home ...

Posted by: Oscar at December 25, 2003 11:41 AM

Did you know that the U.S. has agreed to give a sample of this latest cow to compare to the euro cows that had the disease, to see if they are connected, and if the whole thing started in the U.S. to begin with? Let's watch the scientists run aroung in circles. Idiots.
By the way, just to be forworned from my experience living in south Cal, In&Out tends not to cook their meat all the way through, so there is always pink in the center even though you wait 15 minutes in the drive through window. If you like it that way, Great!
But I'm sure they don't use horse. Ha ha! But then maybe that's on your okay list too.

Posted by: tparis at December 26, 2003 1:32 AM

yeah, oscar, who needs to be rational! you only live once! well, i'm not going to go eating cow brain, cheek, or spine anytime soon.

paris, i think i'll watch out for the in-n-out pink meat. i might have seen this last time as well, but ignored it because i was hungry and it was only a small piece.

Posted by: tien at December 26, 2003 10:25 AM

Ha ha. The Homer episode (which I remember), sounds like a rendition of any night when you drank way too much, felt like you were going to die and then continued on like it never happened once you felt better. Any prediction of what happened at the holiday casino? No maybe not. Too much money exchanging to let go of attention?

Posted by: tparis at December 27, 2003 12:26 AM

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