14 hours ago
June 23, 2009
R CALF Explains Why NAIS is Flawed
This YouTube video explains many of the reasons why NAIS or the National Animal Identification System that the USDA is trying to force on every US livestock owner is fundamentally flawed. If you are unfamiliar with NAIS it is important that you know what it is and how it will affect every livestock owner and most likely every US citizen. You can start by watching the following two YouTube videos that explains what NAIS is, what it will and will not do and just who is responsible for its conception. (As usual ... follow the money, or rather who stands to make lots more of it if NAIS is made mandatory nationwide.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu9oKmqQpD4 (NAIS Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgoVpgQm4fQ (NAIS Part 2)
Also check out this video concerning what you should know about HR 875, HR 759, NAIS & Monsanto by Shelly Roche
It doesn't matter if you own a large cow/calf operation or just a backyard pony for your children, if NAIS becomes mandatory you will be forced to participate in this expensive and unnecessary program. This will include registering your "premise", tagging your animals and tracking their births, deaths and every movement on and off your property and then reporting that information to the government.
Maybe you don't own a few backyard chickens or a dairy goat. Maybe your kids do not participate in 4H and your family doesn't have any desire to ever own a horse or any other type of livestock animal. Do you eat and pay taxes? The fact is if you care about having food choices and access to local, healthy and organic foods then NAIS will affect you too because the plight and survival of the small farmer is your plight as well. Not only will NAIS hurt small farms by increasing their cost but that cost increase will likely be passed on to consumers through higher taxes to pay for this bureaucracy and increased food costs with fewer food choices for everyone.
To learn more about NAIS and what you can do, please visit the following websites.
Since this is my blog and my farm and life is what NAIS will affect I make no bones about the fact I am very much against mandatory NAIS. However in the interest of information I will also provide the link to the USDA website and the governments information about this program. I only ask that it be kept in mind who has something to gain (like the companies that sell animal IDs & large CAFOs) and who has something to lose (basically everyone else, especially small farmers) if NAIS is made mandatory. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this post and allowing me to share this important information with you.
http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/ For the governments take on NAIS.