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White Paper on NAIS

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To me, it is simple.  NAIS is a take over of the US food supply by the industrial side, and the elimination of its competition, real farmers, through words Orwell could have predicted - "food safety" bills.  The very industry which is the major source of contamination and of corruptly lowering standards meant to stop deadly contamination, has the temerity to use "food safety" as its method of destroying our only safe food and those who produce it for us.
The report on NAIS below was put together by farmers, most of them women - mothers and grandmothers - all of them working without pay, all of them struggling to find time to run farms and raise families while doing all humanly possible to defend against these bills which will destroy their lives and the future of their and all our children.
I hope you will notice the depth of work and by people fighting to survive.  They would appreciate more than you can imagine, all the help you and any organization you are in touch with, can possibly give now to stop this.  They would like to go back to raising goats and chickens and bees and planting crops and going to markets to bring eggs and tomatoes and fresh corn and cheeses and milk and honey to all of us.  Isn't that exactly what we want, as well, and not their destruction?
To me, the bills are are more than outrageous, they are obscene.  Every one of us should be standing with our farmers, for their sake and on behalf of all our rights - and even human rights - to have farmers, farmers markets, CSAs, roadside stands, and seed banking.
I include seed banking because it is life itself and its being threatened now is a reminder to all of you that Monsanto is behind these bills.
Please use this link which allows you to write the USDA, all your Congress people, and your paper, all in one stroke of the pen (or computer key).  Be sure to comment or the USDA will not consider that you did anything.
Think of this effort as your response to Monsanto in general - on behalf of yourself and your family and future generations - so write many, many times and reach as many others as you can, to join you in this. 

National Animal Identification System (NAIS) 

A report by the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA)

March 1, 2009 

Introduction:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has spent considerable taxpayer money and physical resources on the “National Animal Identification System” (NAIS), acting without Congressional mandate and creating widespread opposition from farmers, ranchers, livestock owners, homesteaders, consumers and agriculture supply businesses—a massive grassroots response that NAIS is a bad idea, unwanted, and not grounded in the reality of farm life, animal husbandry or healthy food. 

What is the purpose of Animal ID?

A system of animal identification for disease traceback, sales, health, and breeding recordation has been in continuous use in the United States for well over a century.  Refined during its extensive use, the current system, without NAIS components, has and does work well.  Why create NAIS? 

What is the purpose of NAIS?

The USDA’s NAIS, would require “premises registration” of any property where a single farm animal is kept; Radio Frequency ID tagging or microchipping of every animal; and reporting of every animal’s movements within 24 hours to a federal database under penalty of severe fine, confiscation of animals or both. NAIS proposes  

    a national disease response network built to protect your animals, your neighbors, and your economic livelihood against the devastation of a foreign animal disease outbreak. 

FACT:  The USDA already has in place the network they claim NAIS will supplant.  

The USDA’s claim that “modern” technology will enable 48-hour traceback during disease outbreak is untenable.  In reality, NAIS will not prevent disease because it does not address the cause of disease.  Traceback can help track the movement of disease, but if a cataclysmic foreign animal disease outbreak occurred, NAIS will not improve on the current system for containment and quarantine. 

Costs of NAIS

The monetary and time costs to implement NAIS are prohibitive for any but the largest industrial livestock producers.  Small farms, that make up the vast majority of agricultural holdings, could not comply and sustain their operations.  Farming in America would reduce to large industrial operations.  Food costs would increase as monopolies increase.  Food borne illness, statistically a product of industrial production and processing, would increase.  Rural economies would suffer. 

During this economic downturn, when small farms are the fastest growing agriculture sector, these expanding sources of employment and local food production would fail.  At the same time, taxpayer burden would increase to pay for government agencies to oversee and enforce NAIS.  

Cost of NAIS to small farmers and livestock owners

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