By Ruth M. Mourik

ISBN-10: 1417582200

ISBN-13: 9781417582204

ISBN-10: 9085550017

ISBN-13: 9789085550013

Sleek societies are more and more confronted with new hazards a result of co-evolution of society and know-how. From 1975 to the current, greater than 300 Dutch dairy farmers were faced with farm animals that skilled severe illnesses. those difficulties have been allegedly with regards to polluted floor water yet technological know-how was once unable to set up a causal hyperlink among the water toxins and the farm animals illness. Such clinical uncertainty in general accompanies new dangers and reasons trouble in scientifically, politically, and judicially choosing which get together needs to be held in charge and or responsible for the placement. during this thesis the fierce controversy among the dairy farmers, governmental our bodies, scientists and insurance firms is studied to set up how the distribution and democratisation of accountability and legal responsibility happens, whilst society is confronted with those new dangers and the accompanying medical uncertainty.

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Kwaliteit van boezem- en polderwater rond Burgerbrug (de Zijpe) in relatie tot de gezondheid van weidevee. TNO-rapport. TNO-MEP- R97/393. ”56 In a sense, the TNO-MEP researchers referred to the management of machine and big farmers. The Meijer working party, investigating the overflow problem, accepted the TNO-MEP results. And, in doing so, the governmental working party labelled the machine and big farming strategies a risk to the health of cattle. The Ouwerkerk working party, on the contrary, concluded that there was only a possible relationship between the water pollution by peat decay and cattle sickness.

Minderhoud, researcher of Veterinaire Inspectie (VI), 17-09-1999. 46 real dairy cow farmer. He did not feed his animals on time and he fed them inferior fother. He just is not a dairy farmer. His grandfather had founded the farm. He was a great dairy farmer. His mother was a great dairymaid, but his father already traded his animals more often. Klaas Pauw is more of a merchant than he is a farmer. ”79 In 1997, Pauw had taken almost all his cattle to the slaughterhouse, including the cattle that had drunk the pipeline water.

I have never felt the pressure to expand. I have hardly any loans at the bank, and I don’t grow because I don’t have successors. ”48 All of the elements of Drenth’s farming business are aimed to fit his notion of adequate farming. Drenth wants to farm easily, without having to make large investments or having to expand. He wants no more work than one man can handle. He borrows and invests as little as possible because investing would mean that he would work for the bank and not for himself. Moreover, the bank can then impose a farming strategy that he does not want 46 Interview with the farmer Klaas Pauw, 10-11-1998.

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