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.
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2006|
|Name||Centre for Rural Economy Discussion Paper Series|