Bovine TB, badgers and a permaculture perspective

16 August 2011 | Permaculture | Tim Green

“… All animals, including ourselves, deal with disease in one of two ways; by either dying or by getting better. If you get better, it means your immune system has done its job. If you don’t get noticeably ill in the first place it means your immune system has done its job and if you die then your immune system wasn’t much good in the first place. You may recognise this as natural selection, an ongoing process by which continued exposure to diseases and pathogens creates a population largely capable of surviving such things. This is sometimes referred to as “survival of the fittest”.

In contrast, the current official “test and cull” policy to deal with bovine TB in the UK has been most aptly described as “survival of the shittest”. This is the process by which we slaughter any cow that shows signs of mounting an immune response to the TB pathogen, thus steadily removing those animals from the population that had the best chance of surviving infection. …”

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Permaculture:A system of perennial agriculture emphasizing the use of renewable natural resources and the enrichment of local ecosystems.”