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USDA's Secret Garden

"The animals tell me all their secrets." - Dickon (Andrew Knott) from The Secret Garden (1993)

How do you keep a big secret when the World-Wide Web is USDA continues to find a way.

A few days before Thanksgiving, 2011, Montana health authorities were in a panic. Montana's headline did not reach the rest of the United States:

"Brucellosis found in Madison County cattle herd - The Montana Department of Livestock is reporting today a bull on a Madison County ranch has cultured positive for brucellosis." This story is soooo top-secret, that America's media cannot and will not report it. They are voluntarily complying with USDA's unwritten directive because: Who in their right mind would bite the hoof which feeds them?

USDA has upped their condition orange mode to the highest shade of condition red. USDA is officially in their "scurry like a rat" mode. Nearly eight years ago (December 7, 2003) the Notmilk letter reported:

"A horrible disease has come to Montana, and the dairy and cattle industry is now under quarantine. A herd of Montana cattle is infected with brucellosis. Four hundred cows are expected to be slaughtered this week."

Incredibly, nearly $4 billion in federal subsidies have been "invested" in efforts to eradicate brucellosis since the 1930s. Clearly, this effort has been unsuccessful.

Brucellosis in cattle can be passed on to man in the form of Mediterranean Disease or Undulant fever. Brucellis infections are difficult to detect, and easily misdiagnosed. Symptoms include chronic fatigue (syndrome), headaches, and arthritic pain. Once infected with Brucellosis from cows, the disease can hide in the human body, emerging many years after the initial bacterial infection.

Before taking your next bite of cheese, carefully read this information from page 222 of Mad Cows and Milk Gate by Virgil Hulse, M.D.:

"The following groups of pathogens can be involved in manufacturing cheese made from raw milk: TB (mycobacterium paratuberculosis, Undulant fever (Brucella species), Disease producing Strep (Pathogenic streptococci), staph food poisoning (Coagulase positive sttaphylocci), staph arrhea that may lead to death (Entero-pathogenic Eschererichia coli), Salmonella, Rickettsia, Virus species, Bacillus cereus, Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium botulinum (can be fatal and cause death)."

Two months after reporting on the Montana infections, Wyoming was similarly struck by Brucellosis outbreaks. On January 28, 2004, Notmilk reported:

Wyoming Cows Banned by 5 States

If you continue to eat meat and savor the bloody-red juice from a rare cut of arm or leg, add Brucellosis to that long list of possible consequences each time you swallow the flesh from a living creature.

Montana's newly discovered brucellosis-infested cattle are being destroyed as you read this. Neighboring herds will suffer the same fate. Cattlemen will be handsomely compensated for their losses with liberal sprinklings of your tax dollars.

Don't even think about renting a room this week in that tiny Montana motel shared by Kristin Scott Thomas and Scarlett Johansson in The Horse Whisperer. USDA's got the place booked.

Robert Cohen

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