DO pesticides cause BSE, CJD & MS? Organic Farmer Mark Purdey on Organophosphates
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
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
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 www.squall.co.uk
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