Thursday, January 12, 2006

Nat'l Animal Identification System - Lord help us!

From the Sun and Soil blog: "I've known about this making its march through some of the states for at least a few months. I know I'm not the only one who finds this disturbing, but I was wondering what some of the other agrarian types around here think of it. I know the premise behind it being for the "security" of the food system. I'm sure there is some securing involved (I just don't know who's "security" it is), but an undertaking as large as this can't seem to not have some nefarious reasons ultimately behind it. It makes you seriously consider conspiracy theories about the control of the world's food supply.Registering every single livestock animal and marking them with something, likely a computer chip seems pretty extreme, not to mention costly. Every cow, pig, sheep, goat, chicken, duck, goose, alpaca, etc. Be it commercial livestock, homesteader flock, or pet. Will hatcheries be required to ID poultry upon hatching before shipment, or will it fall on the owner? How do they plan on enforcing this? It might be time to get your own breeding stock now, if it's even possible to avoid this thing. I guess it just sits with me about the same way that the patenting of animals and plants does.....not well.Walter Jeffries also had some interesting things to say about it in the comments on Scott Terry's blog. "


sugarcreekfarm said...

I think this is one of the scarier things going on in our country right now, especially how quietly it's being pushed along. There doesn't seem to be much general awareness.

Walter Jeffries said...

GA, read my recent posting ( that summarizes a lot of the ways that NAIS will harm small farmers, homesteaders and consumers. It is scary stuff. NAIS is big brother government helping big agri-biz corporations.