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  •  trust is so important here (5+ / 0-)

    and that's why transparency and openness are such important principles to follow.

    CDC has adopted a 'be first, be right, be credible' approach. Great. USDA and everyone else should do the same.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sat Feb 10, 2007 at 09:31:14 AM PST

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    •  Agree (1+ / 0-)
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      Hens Teeth

      I'm not worried about transparency from the scientists once they get hold of the information, but I am very suspicious that producers will attempt to dodge and duck and obscure information about outbreaks of bird flu (or any other hazard) in their processing chain. They aren't in the "food for people" business; they are in the "extract cash from people" business. The only way to make them report truthfully is to make it impossibly costly to fail to do so -- that is, through regulation with serious penalties for non-compliance attached. Not likely. Lying to the public and minor sanctions are simply costs of doing business.

      Scary. This whole edifice only works because of an irrational residue of ethics derived from previous human history. Until we somehow implant a new ethic, the species is in for a difficult run.

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