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Canadian Cattle Blockade Affects Oklahoma Farmers (Mar 18, 2005)
Earlier this month, the US Senate voted to keep the US border closed indefinitely to Canadian cattle, and a judge issued a temporary injunction against the USDA’s plans to re-open the border. US ranchers and cattle farmers argue that recent Canadian cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy—commonly known as BSE or mad cow disease—demonstrate the threat of compromising the safety of the American beef supply. Plus they say opening the border overnight would flood the market with Canadian beef and dramatically lower prices for cattle producers in places like Oklahoma. But how unsafe is Canadian beef, and how much safer should American meat-eaters feel eating American beef? Guests: Malcolm Moore, Regional Director for R-CALF, the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund; Howard Lyman, former cattle rancher sued along with Oprah Winfrey for disparaging the beef industry and Oklahoma City Cattle Farmer Bill Williamson.

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