Animal Pharm

One Man's Struggle to Discover the Truth About Mad Cow Disease and Variant CJD

By Mark Purdey

Edited by Nigel Purdey

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Uncovers contamination from industry, munitions, pesticides, nuclear experiments and natural geology, linking these with the emergence of a range of neurodegenerative diseases. This title helps to create a paradigm shift in our understanding of the relationship of pollutants to disease and health.

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Clairview Books

Clairview Books is an independent publishing company with a focus on cutting-edge, challenging non-fiction books. Whether on current affairs, health, the arts, science or spirituality, their books question conventional thinking, dogmas and all forms of received wisdom. Their list features some big names, such as world leader Mikhail Gorbachev, literary giant Gore Vidal, modern artist Joseph Beuys, birthing guru Michel Odent, and many more.

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Mark Purdey's life changed one day in 1984 when a Ministry of Agriculture inspector told him he must administer a toxic organophosphate pesticide to his dairy herd. Passionately committed to organic farming and convinced of the harmful effects of chemicals in the environment, he refused to comply. 'It was as if my whole life became focused', he explained later. Before they had a chance to prosecute, Purdey took the Ministry to court and won his case. These experiences led him to challenge the orthodox line on the origins of Mad Cow Disease and its human counterpart variant CJD. Could the insecticide used in the official programme have precipitated the spread of the disease?Purdey's quest to discover the truth was hampered at every turn by government bureaucracies and self-serving scientific cliques who sought to smear and marginalize him. Dogged by dirty tricks and forced to work alone as something of a scientific sleuth, he struggled to reveal hidden interests and dangerous secrets. His supporters included many members of the public, as well as Prince Charles and the poet Ted Hughes. The latter wrote to him expressing 'a million congratulations'.Increasingly sceptical of the official narrative, Purdey was certain that toxic environmental factors would provide answers, and so embarked on a self-funded worldwide odyssey to investigate.

"Animal Pharm" follows him on these eco-detective trails to locations as diverse as Iceland, Sardinia, Colorado and Australia. Purdey uncovers contamination from industry, munitions, pesticides, nuclear experiments and natural geology, linking these with the emergence of a range of neurodegenerative diseases. His research is at once compelling and disturbing, helping to create a paradigm shift in our understanding of the relationship of pollutants to disease and health.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Clairview Books
Publication Date 2 Nov 2007
ISBN 9781905570119
Number of Pages 288

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'Next to weapons of mass destruction, BSE or Mad Cow Disease was the Blair government's biggest scare. Mark Purdey's inves 5{, required reading.'- John Pilger'If Purdey is right, he deserves a Nobel Prize for medicine. Instead he has been shot at, his phone lines have been cut and his house has been burnt down. The Ministry of Agriculture, which for 50 years has enjoyed a dangerously close relationship with the agrochemical industry, has repeatedly sought to discredit him.' - George Monbiot

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