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In recent years, after the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease) crisis in Europe, and after the first case of BSE was found in Alberta, both regulation and producers’ initiatives have lead to an ever smaller demand for meat meal and animal fat used in animal feed. Meat meal and animal fat were produced in great part from the rendering of carcasses, i.e., animals that died on the farm due to disease or accident. In Quebec, agricultural producers used to sell the carcasses to rendering plants. Now however, demand for meat meal and animal fat has all but disappeared, so producers must instead pay the rendering plants to dispose of the carcasses. The financial burden gives producers an incentive to get rid of the carcasses in less costly ways, not only by legal burial at the farm, but also by illegal disposal at the farm or elsewhere in nature (Deglise, 2003; Radio-Canada, 2003; Larivière, 2003a; Mercier, 2004). This leads to increasing environmental risks, specifically, soil, water and air pollution as well as potential health hazards, that need to be addressed.

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Issue Date: Jun 07 2006

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/46358 Published in: CAFRI: Current Agriculture, Food and Resource Issues, Issue 7 Page range: 12-22

Total Pages: 11

Series Statement: Number 7

2006

Record appears in: Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) > CAFRI: Current Agriculture, Food and Resource Issues





Autor: Bergeron, Nancy ; Gagnon, Marie-France

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/46358?ln=en







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