MAP: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going Part 3

When one considers the cost of regulating, or at the least enacting standard protocol, to better grasp a potential public health crisis, such considerations gain merit. However, such measures are met with nods towards ambivalence as the costs of prevention comes into view, not to mention mass hysteria.

Suddenly, we find ourselves realizing how one decision outweighs the other from a humanitarian viewpoint, yet financial devastation overshadows “what should be done.”

Historically, however, it seems no happy medium is acquired as two parties walk away, one the champ, one the loser, as demonstrated by colonization efforts. Narrowing this perspective to the origin of this post, I shall now lay before you my findings.

As you’ve read in previous posts, MAP (mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis) is a hearty pathogen, and contaminates global water, milk and meat supplies; this bacteria in milk is resistant to standard pasteurization processes and some have argued that it may survive the cooking process, as extreme heat or extreme cold may not inactivate. [1] [2]

Crohn’s Disease has been suggested as the human version of Johne’s disease (in ruminants – chronic, lethal inflammation of the intestine caused by MAP). Worldwide, Johne’s has been detected in some sheep, goats, pigs, buffalo, deer, beef and dairy cows, rabbits and other ruminants. Once consumed, MAP has the ability to wreak havoc within the immune systems of its host (immunocompromised humans and healthy ruminants). I am not advocating stopping consuming these – every single ruminant listed and roaming the earth, does not carry the infection; this list is not exhaustive. There are increasing numbers of global, ethical farmers with which to purchase quality products, who have low MAP detected farms and are certified as such. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

US farmers are taking notice of this threat to their livestock and livelihoods, yet with sparse acknowledgement from our government, this is where we need to step in and help our farmers. I interviewed a cattleman who stated that most smaller dairies are not financially equipped to make changes like big dairies, and that testing is so expensive, not many can or will test.

This cattleman stated that lots of dairies don’t keep cows around long enough to display symptoms of Johne’s (which typically takes two years); a large turn around is needed as producing a lot of milk is hard on a cow’s body. He stated that each generation wants to produce more milk to the point the cows wear themselves out, at which time they are sold for hamburger meat.

Let’s rally with and encourage our farmers to adopt safety standards; as constituents, let’s contact our local, state and national policy makers to recognize this problem, and enact legislation and funding to reduce infection. There are ways to support our farmers in this endeavor, which supports their livelihoods and our collective futures; there is strength in numbers.

#Johne #paratuberculosis #mycobacterium

1. What is MAP?
2. Reducing Human Exposure to Mycobacterium avium
3. Beware Johne’s Disease
4. MAP Positive Rabbits
5. MAP Positive Rabbits Addendum
6. MAP Positive Goats (India)
7. MAP Positive Buffalo, Goats, Sheep

1 comment

I’m all caught up now :o)

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