I'll let the article speak for itself but I have a question.
Is the left just totally blind to the corporate plans being hatched to destroy family farmers, or, in urban lingo, "sustainable agriculture"?
Or are we just insensitive to their being massively discriminated against and all their rights being tromped under, because they're conservatives?
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An article here this last week mentioned all the regulatory moves being slipped past everyone right now by Bush before he (hopefully) exists. Deregulation of mountain removal and every kind of deregulatory gift to industries of every kind. So what do you make the regulatory move being made against farmers (making NAIS mandatory despite MASSIVE farmer resistance to it) not even being included in that article?
And what do you make of the USDA pushing "increased regulation" here, since all other slippery moves being made are "anti"-regulatory? When does the left wake up to finally seeing that regulations being pushed for "food safey" are being pushed by corporations, have NOTHING to do with safety and everything to do with eliminating the competition - real farmers?
And what does the left make of the fact that it is naive so f...... naive and miserably ignorant about agriculture while severe human rights abuses are happening right under their noses?
Why is the left so blankety-blank trusting of food safety laws and have not made a peep about the planned (and Big Pharm/Big Pharma push) for a huge "centralized" Food Safety Department, combining the totally corrupted FDA and USDA which together have been actively wiping our farmers and real food and all alternative health options and natural substances? We are talking survival issues - food and heatlh and access to nature and the left is dumb - silent AND stupid.
Excuse me, for being angry but I am a leftist who can't get the left to wake up to what is happening.
Read the following article and understand Mr. Smith's horrific situation and his cry out for constitutional protection. And ask yourself, where are you?
ELKO DAILY FREE PRESS
Don't sign up for animal ID system
Friday, November 7, 2008 9:37 AM PST
People who sign up for the NAIS (National Animal Identification System) - even those who are signed up without their knowledge - may find that they have signed a “no-knock lease” with the USDA. Who, in their right mind, would sign a paper that allows an outsider to enter their private property unannounced to look for infractions of rules that the owner doesn't even know exist? This very well may be the situation for every NAIS participant.
NAIS is still said to be voluntary. But when someone signs up, they become subject to all the rules that are already in place, as well as all the rules that will be adopted in the future. Few people have any idea of what the rules are, and no one knows what rules are yet to be adopted.
NAIS is enforced by Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The agency in charge of enforcement is the Investigative and Enforcement Service. They come armed with an arsenal of powerful regulatory ammunition. Penalties for non-compliance range from $50,000 to $500,000 in fines, and up to 10 years in prison. IEA caseload has increased by 51 percent and the dollar value of fines has increased three-fold - in one year. USDA is serious about enforcing its regulations.
The Constitution requires law enforcement agencies to present “probable cause” evidence to a judge who, if convinced, can issue a warrant that authorizes law enforcement officers to enter private property to search and seize evidence of a crime. By signing up for the NAIS, this constitutional protection may be waived, and any hope of due-process forfeited.
People who have signed up for the program should get out.
Instructions for withdrawing from NAIS can be found at www.libertyark.net. People who are being coerced to sign up should resist, and send evidence of coercion to their elected representatives. USDA, once a friend of the rancher and farmer, has become an enemy, no longer welcome among the people who earn their living from the soil.
Bert N. Smith
Ruby Valley, Nevada