DO pesticides cause BSE, CJD & MS? Organic Farmer Mark Purdey on Organophosphates

Tony Gosling tony at
Thu Apr 7 00:27:23 BST 2011

Finally up on the web after it was recorded in 2001.

What causes BSE, CJD & MS? Organic Farmer Mark Purdey on 
Organophosphates (2001)

Mark Purdey and Organophosphate (Film/Video, i-Contact, September 2001)

Organic livestock farmer Mark Purdey was ordered in the 1980's, along 
with all cattle and dairy farmers in the UK, to treat his cows with 
an organophosphate pesticide 'Phosmet' manufactured by I.C.I.. 
Organophosphates are derived from military nerve gas and a systemic 
treatment (the chemical enters the entire internal system of the cow) 
would undermine his organic principles so Mark refused to treat.
"If Phosmet is proven to have caused BSE, the worldwide use of 
organophosphates (OPs) could be put into jeopardy, costing the 
chemical industry billions. The government know more than they're 
letting on. They've stuck to the scrapie theory to placate people and 
give the impression they've got it under control."
Mark Purdey, Organic Dairy Farmer, Exmoor.
"If the government are found liable for BSE - by enforcing 
organophosphate treatment - the payout could break the economy."
Tom King (Purdey's MP)
Whoever the monkeys have been at the top of the tree, the Party line 
has stayed the same. Mad Cow Disease came about by feeding scrapie 
infected meat and bone meal to cows. But one West Country farmer has 
a different theory. One that the authorities and the pesticide 
producers have gone to great to lengths to silence.
Between the late 70's and 1982 British farmers were forced by law to 
treat their cows for warble fly with a pour on organophosphate called 
phosmet - organophosphates are derived from nerve gas formulated by 
nazi chemists during World War II. Big business soon realised its 
profit potential and, post war, it was exclusively marketed as an 
agricultural pesticide by ICI, and later their cunningly renamed 
subdivision Zeneca. Seeing how his own organically reared cows never 
developed BSE, but phosmet-treated cattle
brought onto the farm did, Somerset dairy farmer Mark Purdey refused 
to treat his herd. In 1984 MAFF took him to the High Court, but lost.
"Before 1982 farmers could treat warbles with an organic ground-up 
root compound called Derris. This was outlawed, so they could sell 
more organophosphates," said Purdey. Organophosphates, used to treat 
headlice in school children, have been implicated as a potential 
cause of Gulf War Syndrome. Purdey managed to alleviate symptoms in a 
BSE infected cow by injecting oxime, an antidote to pesticide 
poisoning. The cure was never completed as MAFF turned up and 
destroyed the cow. Unconvinced by the accepted cause of BSE and CJD, 
Purdey set about studying how disease clusters reflected OP usage. He 
found Britain, the only country enforcing phosmet use, to have the 
highest rate of disease. Ireland had some BSE, but OP use was 
voluntary, and given at a lower dose. Brittany (France) began to 
develop BSE following an enforced phosmet trial, and human new 
variant CJD was clustered in Kent's Wield Valley, where hop and top 
fruit growth gets saturated with organophosphates.
Agitated by Purdey's discoveries, the pesticide industry hit back. 
The dubiously named National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), a lobby 
group representing the UK animal medicine industry, whose membership 
reads like a Downing St dinner party invite list of extremely dodgy 
chemical interests - including Bayer, Monsanto, Novartis, Pfizer, 
Roche, Schering-Plough etc - published documents discrediting 
Purdey's work. NOAH produced an independent expert, Dr David Ray, for 
the BSE Inquiry, who turned out to be receiving funding from Zeneca 
for his Medical Research Council toxicology unit. "I don't think this 
affected my judgement," Ray told SchNEWS. "You may not believe it, 
but I didn't realise Zeneca produced phosmet at the time." Hmmm. In 
March 1996 - one week before the UK government admitted to a link 
between BSE and new variant CJD - Zeneca sold the phosmet patent to a 
PO Box company in the Arizona desert. As Ray said: "Zeneca are not 
keen to be sued."
For a more in depth view of this story and the full dirt on David Ray 
and the 'intellectual corruption' that's rife in the research and 
licensing of veterinary medicines see

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Tags: health organic farming BSE chemical companies corporate crime 
nerve gas organophosphate ICI Phosmet

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