Foot & Mouth: Who Benefits?

Power, they say, comes from the barrel of a gun. It also grows in the ground, or rather, food and food supplies are key elements in the machinery of control. So whoever controls the production and distribution of food has some measure of power over the rest of us because, whatever happens, we all have to eat.

Which has prompted some observers to ask if the recent Foot and Mouth outbreak might not have been the result of biological terrorism?

But even if this is the case, and it is not entirely certain that it is, then the question naturally follows: who would carry out such an atrocity? Saddam Hussain? Bin Laden? Or maybe some other group: closer to home and less obvious but with a lot more to gain?

By coincidence I was recently discussing exactly the same subject with crop circle researcher Charles Mallet. And we both agreed that the Foot and Mouth outbreak could have come from a source that few would suspect but which would ultimately stand to gain the most. Namely the huge agri-business combines which are busy turning Britain’s farms into a trans-national business that uses modern production line methods.

The various agri-business companies are intent on replacing the traditional family run farms with their own operations: sprawling tracts of arable land managed by their own farm managers and agricultural engineers.

One way to achieve this would be to buy up all the traditional family run farms, ideally at rock bottom prices. And what better way to accomplish that than something that ravages the farmer’s livelihood but leaves the arable land, farm equipment and outbuildings intact. All of which would then be put on the market at give away prices. It’s just a thought but it will be interesting to see who picks up the pieces in the aftermath of foot and mouth.

In the meantime the vaccine against Foot and Mouth went unused as herds of disease free animals were slaughtered, ostensibly in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease. Until recently the Ministry of Agriculture rejected the use of vaccination on the grounds of cost. Now does that make sense if you want to safeguard farm animal’s health or indeed farming itself?