Foot and Mouth – Five Years On: The Legacy of the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease Crisis for Farming and the British Countryside

Andrew Donaldson, Richard Lee, Neil Ward, Katy Wilkinson

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Abstract

February 20th 2006 marks the fifth anniversary of the official notification of the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the UK. The FMD crisis of 2001 cost an estimated £8billion, wreaked havoc on farming and the countryside, and caused the postponement of a General Election. This report takes stock, 5 years on from the outbreak, and considers the legacy of the crisis for farming and the countryside since fading from the public eye. First, it describes some of the main features of the epidemic. It then goes on to examine the key changes in disease control, farming and rural policy that have been put in place as a result of the crisis, and explores some of the unintended consequences.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNewcastle University
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCentre for Rural Economy Discussion Paper Series
No.6

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