For Europeans and a majority of people around the world, a world without livestock is not something that is widely called for. Nevertheless, a minority fraction of the European population, are considering a world that is “free from livestock production”. This clear and radical stance may seem seductive to some who consider it a coherent vision for the future. However, the singular removal of an entire food group from our future would bring with it a number of consequences that are often ignored.
In a study conducted at IRTA-CReSA by Minerva Laranjo on the cost of cysticercosis in the beef sector in Catalonia during the period 2013-2015, it concludes that it was 142,000 euros / year.
Cysticercosis (the beef is the intermediate host of the parasite in the muscle) or teniasis (humans are the definitive host in the intestine), has a total cost of 155,000 euros / year, of which 142,000 euros / year is for Meat sector and 13,000 euros / year the associated cost for the people affected.
Both, at the sectoral and human health level, cysticercosis / teniasis has a very low incidence in slaughterhouses (0.01%) and in the population (41 to 63 cases / year).
With regard to the total turnover of the sector, the cost it represents is low, with the departure of the cost of more incidence due to post-mortem inspections (82% of the cost and supported by health authorities), followed by the losses derived from seizure and freezing of carcass (9.4%, supported by the meat sector) and the cost associated with teniasis in people (8.6%).
For more information: http://www.cresa.cat/blogs/sociedad/es/quant-ens-costa-la-cisticercosi-bovina/