A camel is a horse designed by a committee. Sir Alec Issigonis.
Foot and mouth.
The infamous mounds of blackened, smoking animal carcasses that polluted the British countryside last year at the height of the foot and mouth epidemic could have been avoided if the cement industry had been allowed to do what its Belgian equivalent did in 1999. Then, when it was discovered that a large proportion of Belgian’s livestock was contaminated with a cancer-linked polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), the government ordered destruction by high temperature incineration
(pyrolisation) of all contaminated meat and associated products.
Belgium did not have enough modern incinerators capacity to achieve this, so the government ruled that three cement works could use rendered down carcasses as fuel for cement production.
Some 17,500t of fats and powders were burnt in the last four months of 1999. Eighteen months later, when the slaughter of British livestock was in full swing, the UK cement industry offered to help in the same way. It was told it could indeed burn the carcasses in the kilns – provided that no cement was manufactured at the same time.
Cement production would only be allowed under the requirements of the Substitute Fuels Protocol.
This would have meant months of trials, by which time the epidemic would have been over. Instead, as the whole world looked on in astonishment, carcasses were burnt in the open at low temperatures, spewing dioxides and other environmentally unfriendly emissions over the countryside.
So while we get poisoned, Belgium builds beef flavoured structures.
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