What is the Economic Impact from Foot and Mouth Disease, and What Should We Do About It?
From Purdue Agricultural Economics Report - We face a serious challenge in the prevention and control of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). FMD could be devastating to our livestock and dairy producers in two ways. First, the disease reduces the productivity of livestock and dairy as well as requiring the destruction of infected and exposed animals to control it. Second, the public confuses FMD with mad cow disease which can be dangerous to humans where FMD is not. This then reduces consumer demand for meat and dairy products. In addition, there are large indirect impacts that are negative.