Monsanto, and Cargill and the big meat packers who block inspections of animals, and the USDA which prevents farmers from getting their own cattle inspected for Mad Cow, are pushing NAIS under the aegis of food safety, just as we are facing spying and total control here under the "threat of terrorism." We oppose NAIS spying but these farmers face much worse - having to pay for the equipment to be spied on and immense penalties for any way in which they go off the radar. And all the data goes into a "corporate" date bank.
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This would establish total control over all farm animals in the country - and their owners and property, and is capable, this one regulation, of eliminating any farmer in a moment. (If you are aware of what the USDA is doing to wipe out independent dairy farmers, you'd have a sense of how the regulations are being used for just that purpose.)
This is all happening with no law having been passed, and only through USDA regulations which are being opposed in court but are not stopping. And it just this instant got made mandatory as the country is distracted by the election.
If you want to form an alliance with rural people, this is the way. This is about basic freedoms and this is part of why they fear big government to point of what sounds like paranoia. Pair this with Bill C-51 in Canada and you'll have an inkling of the large plans to get total control over animals, seeds, natural substances, and eliminate all healthy alternatives (by saying they are the opposite).
Judith McGeary is a Stanford grad with a degree in biology and a farmer and rancher in Texas who got caught up this because of its astounding injustice and its threat to the most basic freedoms we have as human beings.
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This issue is a major part of the Bush agenda and is almost hidden from urban people because it is "just farming." When it is really "just survival" for all of us.
Get a single farm animal and find out that your land is now registered with USDA without your permission (so is now under their control) and every move you make with that animal is tracked by corporations and any failure to comply could mean a penalty that would destroy your life. Get rid of your animal and your land is still registered.
These corporations already have taken control of (I saw 80% but can't find that figure again) food in the world. They are privatizing water, cloning animals, genetically engineering as many food crops as they can and as fast as they can (rice with human DNA is growing in Kansas) but they are up against people wanting clean food and increasingly distrusting orthodox medicine and drugs. So, they have solutions for both ....
And on the health side, in the same week the FDA just recalled most OTC cold meds for possible brain hemorrhages in women and seizures in children, they have threatened cherry growers from telling anyone (even using links to peer-reviewed articles) that cherries are potentially 10 x stronger than aspirin and ibuprofen for controlling pain.
And it goes beyond blocking information into fake studies. competition.
at what is happening in Canada - click here
the NAU passes, it is happening here as well.
And while it appears to be about natural health substances, it is at its most frightening much worse and a means of criminalizing growing seeds, seed banking, seed sharing, and human control over seeds.
Seeds (and animals) are about food AND healing and Big Pharm and Big Pharma are going after both.
The farming situation is much more dire because educated people know NOTHING about what is happening as our farmers are being pushed under RIGHT NOW.
A group of people in this country are being singled out for true totalitarian control and for personal destruction by corporations (using the government to do it) - a group we all depend on for our own survival - and no one has any idea. And the USDA is moving fast to get it in place (and as silently as possible) before any change in government.
Here is further information:
USDA issues memo mandating NAIS premises registration for all federally regulated disease control programs
A new memo out of USDA shows they are pushing ahead with NAIS despite the public protests and even state laws barring mandatory programs.
USDA recently issued a memo to its "Veterinary Services Management Team" that requires NAIS premises registration for various disease program activities. (Veterinary Services Memorandum No. 575.19, posted on our Government Documents Page at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/content/Government-documents
The memo includes activities such as vaccinations, testing, and applying official ear tags, for programs for every livestock species, ranging from brucellosis to scrapies to equine infectious anemia. The memo says that people who refuse to have their farms registered will be registered against their will. Thus, USDA has officially abandoned the supposed "voluntary" nature of NAIS. Now animal owners who take government-required steps such as testing and vaccinating their animals may find themselves enrolled in the NAIS premises registration database with or without their consent.
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The USDA's action means we have to continue and redouble our efforts to educate state and federal legislators about the problems with NAIS, so that they put a halt to the agencies' continued implementation. Take a few moments to call your Congressman today! Go to http://farmandranchfreedom.org/content/take-action
for information on how to contact your legislators and materials to help. We post new flyers and materials specifically aimed at USDA's latest step soon.
It's also critical to get more state laws passed stopping NAIS. Stay tuned for more information on bills for the 2009 legislative session!
Four states already have laws that forbid their state agencies from mandating NAIS: Arizona, Kentucky, Missouri and Nebraska. Below is a letter from Senator Karen Johnson, who sponsored the Arizona bill, to the Arizona Department of Agriculture, in response to the USDA's memo. Ask your state legislator to take a stand like Senator Johnson!
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USDA has failed to follow any of the administrative procedures required to create enforceable regulations when it issued this new step in NAIS. So whether USDA can actually enforce it isn't clear. On the other hand, USDA has created the entire NAIS program without regard to following the rules administrative agencies must follow, so it's likely that the state agencies will automatically follow the USDA's memo. Here are some excerpts from the memo:
- USDA is requiring NAIS premises registration "as the sole and standard location identifier" for activities relating to any disease regulated through the Code of Federal Regulations, for emerging or re-emerging disease, and for foreign animal diseases (page 1, Section II & III.A.1)
- People who refuse to voluntarily register their properties in NAIS will be registered against their will: "If the person responsible for the premises chooses not to complete the form to register his/her premises, either the animal health official or an accredited veterinarian will collect the defined data fields." (page 2, Section III.B.2)
- The memo applies to federal animal health authorities, state animal health authorities, and private veterinarians who are accredited for federally regulated diseases (page 1, Section I)
- Any veterinarian who is accredited for a federally regulated disease is subject to the USDA's edict to involuntarily register his or her clients: "A PIN is required for activities performed at a premises by a State or Federal animal health authority or an accredited veterinarian for any disease that is regulated through Title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations." (page 4)
- The listed disease programs for which a PIN will be required include:
o Johne's disease
o Chronic Wasting Disease
o Low pathogenic Avian Influenza of the H5/H7 strains
o Communicable diseases in horses, asses, ponies, mules, and zebras, which would include equine Infectious Anemia
o Texas (splenetic) fever in cattle
o Scabies in cattle
o Exotic Newcastle disease and chlamydiosis
o Poultry health as addressed in the National Poultry Improvement Plan
o Swine Health
- The activities that will result in being registered in NAIS include:
o Diagnostic tests
o Certifications (other than certificates of veterinary inspection)
o Application of official eartags or backtags (page 5)
- USDA states that PIN's are not required for "participation in voluntary programs," but does not explain which those would be (p.6)
| Senator Johnson's Letter to the Arizona Dept. of Agriculture|
October 31, 2008
Mr. Donald Butler, Director
Arizona State Dept. of Agriculture
1688 West Adams Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Dear Director Butler:
During the 2007 legislative session, I sponsored a bill (SB1428) that prohibits forced participation in the National Animal ID System (NAIS) in Arizona. Governor Napolitano signed that bill and it has been the law now for more than a year. (See ARS 3-1207 and ARS 3-1214).
I recently received a copy of a Memorandum (attached) issued by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture which indicates that veterinarians who visit a property are to "collect the defined data fields" in order to assign a PIN, "as defined in the National Animal Identification System Program Standards." This pin is to be the location identifier for all Veterinary Services disease program activities and - according to the memo - must be assigned, with or without the consent of the property owner.
I'm sending a letter to Attorney General Terry Goddard asking him to intervene with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in this matter. I expect the law to be enforced in the spirit intended when it was drafted.
I would like to know how you intend to deal with this, since we have a law in place that prohibits forced participation in NAIS? I should tell you that I have been contacted by various Arizona residents telling me that they are being forced into premise registration, especially the cattlemen. I am calling on you to do everything in your power to see that this law is respected and that animal owners in Arizona are not compelled to "register" their property in a government data base. Please advise me on how you plan to handle this.
I look forward to hearing from you in a timely manner.
Senator Karen S. Johnson
cc: Attorney General Terry Goddard
We need everyone to speak out against the USDA's continued forcible implementation of NAIS! Put flyers out at your local sales barn and feed store, write letters to the editor of your newspaper, or host a public meeting in your area about NAIS! The USDA is relying on secrecy and apathy to push NAIS through, so it is up to all of us to work together to bring it out into the open and fight it.
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance