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Friday, February 18, 2011

Livestock "Grower" Sues USDA over Failure to Certify "Organic"

Former State Dept. of Ag Employee Pleads Guilty to Fake Mad Cow Reports

Cozad man pleads guilty to fake mad cow reports

Feb 18, 2011 4:31pm Email Print LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —

A Cozad man has pleaded guilty to mailing false reports for a federal mad cow disease inspection program. The Lincoln Journal Start reports that Galen Niehues pleaded guilty Thursday to mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Lincoln.

During the hearing, prosecutors said Niehues was employed by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture between July 2009 and March 2010 to perform on-site inspections of places where feed was manufactured and cattle fed to take sample and test compliance with rules to prevent the spread of mad cow disease.

Prosecutors say Niehues devised a scheme to get paid for work he didn't do and submitted 92 false reports showing he done the inspections and collected the required samples.

Niehues faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for May 13.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,

Monday, February 14, 2011

Korea: Disgust over FMD gives boost to vegetarianism

February 15, 2011

As worries about foot-and-mouth disease spread, vegetarianism is enjoying new popularity, changing Korea’s negative image of vegetarians as people who are overly picky or obsessed with health.

This trend was obvious at the cafeteria in the Seoul National University Music Department on the afternoon of Feb. 7. The cafeteria serves a vegetarian buffet with main dishes made of grains and vegetables. The menu included Korean corn pancakes, a mushroom and red pepper stir-fry, and rice cake soup. The soup was brewed with mushroom, instead of the conventional beef. There was no meat offered.

Kim Eun-jung, a 24-year-old senior in the Law Department, said, “I tried going vegetarian last year but failed, and recently went back after observing the shocking process of culling foot-and-mouth infected livestock.”

Even in her coffee, Kim said, she now prefers soy milk, made from soybeans rather than cow’s milk.

“I plan to eat here at least once a day because of environmental concerns,” said Kim.

The cafeteria opened last October and expected 150 customers a day, but it draws 250 customers a day even during the vacation period.

“I started being vegetarian for my health,” said Eugene Roh, 23, “and I like the food here because it’s not salty.”

In Korea, there are approximately 500,000 vegetarians, about one percent of the population. Those ranks are swelling due to the mad cow disease scare of 2008 and now the unstoppable spread of foot-and-mouth disease.

There are three main reasons why people choose to be vegetarian: a concern for the environment, protection of animals’ rights and for health reasons.

“Young people usually go vegetarian for the environment and animal rights, while older people do it for their health,” said Lee Won Bok, who heads the Korean Vegetarianism Union. “And many people have gone vegetarian after being shocked by scenes of unethical killing of livestock.”

The number of visitors to the Korean Vegetarianism Union Web site ( rose four times after the media reported on foot-and-mouth disease and the mass cullings of cattle and pigs. The former average of 3,000 to 4,000 visitors per day jumped to 15,000.

There are 50 vegetarian restaurants operating in Seoul. As more people turn to vegetarianism, some go to group meetings and share tips on vegetarian recipes. Vegetarian clubs are already operating at Seoul National, Sogang and Hanyang universities. They usually have meetings at vegetarian restaurants near the schools and run seminars on vegetarianism.

Shim Joon-gyu, 27, a law student preparing for the bar exam, has been a vegetarian for three years.

“My fellow students and I have vegetarian meetings and eat lunch and dinner together,” she said.

By Lee Han-gil []


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