If you value your health and your freedom to choose unpolluted food, then your help is needed. The USDA is trying to mandate a program that will be so costly and bureaucratic for small farmers that it will likely drive them out of business. Why Small Farms Are So Important Organic food is an essential part of good health because
it is not exposed to the nutrient destruction and chemical toxicity of modern, industrial farming practices. Many farmers are pressured into using chemicals and depleting their soil to keep up with the industry. As a result, many of the foods you see in your local supermarket are low in nutrients and are loaded with chemical residues.
Organic farming requires a significant amount of effort and care. With the advancement of chemical based agriculture, industrial farming has become a big business and most large farms are more interested in profits than environmental sustainability and the quality of food they produce. As such, even certified organic food doesn’t always meet the top level of quality that you’d expect it to.
Small farmers are often passionate about what they do, particularly the ones who have embraced organic and sustainable practices. They are less likely to take shortcuts, and because they don’t have the overhead of a big business to deal with, they are free to focus most of their efforts on producing high quality food.
Although not all small farmers can afford to offer certified organic food, small farms still provide a majority of the world’s healthiest supply of food. Because of new legislation that is underway, we are at risk of losing this invaluable resource and it’s up to us to do something about it!
NAIS – The National Animal Identification System
NAIS is an animal identification system that the USDA has been trying to mandate for about 5 years. According to the USDA, the program is intended to improve food safety, but in reality, it’s more likely to worsen it.
Under this program, anyone owning livestock would be required to register their property, tag each animal with a computerized chip, and report the activity of each animal to the USDA. This even applies to some pet owners. For example, someone owning just a single horse would have to register their property and report to the government each time the horse was taken off the property.
While this program could potentially be useful for the regulation of large factory farms, it’s far too extreme for small farmers and can even be considered unconstitutional. Adding insult to injury, farmers would be required to buy the equipment needed to follow the program. If the hassle doesn’t push small farmers out of business, then the expense will!
Food Safety – What a Joke!
As I said, this program is intended to improve food safety. With a mandatory “48 hour traceback”, the USDA argues that they’ll be better able to manage the spread of disease outbreak, but wouldn’t it make a lot more sense for a food safety program to prevent disease rather than just manage it?
Because small farmers tend to follow natural and organic farming practices, they raise healthy animals that rarely get sick. This is in direct contrast to the factory farms where sickness is common and antibiotics are used as a preventative measure. While the practices of small farmers represent what food safety should be about, the NAIS program would make life more difficult for these small farmers than anyone else.
Furthermore, if the USDA is serious about food safety, perhaps they should revisit their own inspection process. In 2007, over 22 million pounds of ground beef were recalled despite every package of it being inspected by the USDA!
Is it About Safety or Politics?
Possibly the scariest aspect of NAIS is the potential control that it gives the government. Based on the political influence of agricultural companies like Monsanto, this control can easily lead to small farmers being forced to implement the highly toxic and destructive practices that these companies promote and profit from. With this in mind…
If you’ve never heard of Monsanto, a corporation that is putting small farmers out of business, destroying the Earth’s top soiI and genetically modifying foods and animals, I highly recommend that you visit:
The Millions Against Monsanto link uncovers this dangerous company and the strong political influence they have over US government.
Finally, consider who benefits most from NAIS. Technology companies will certainly benefit from the tags and computer systems that the program requires. More importantly, agricultural companies like Monsanto will benefit by their products being a part of the “best practices” imposed on farmers to control disease outbreak. In contrast, the small farmer gets nothing but grief and we lose the ability to choose where our food comes from. In my opinion, this sounds a lot more like corporate cronyism than a food safety program!
If you have any regard for your right to choose where your food comes from, please take action by opposing NAIS! The following website makes it very easy to send a letter to the USDA stating your opposition.
Unfortunately, speaking out against NAIS may not be enough. New legislation has been proposed in Congress that will combine the USDA and FDA into a single “Food Safety Administration”, but also create a backdoor for the USDA to mandate the NAIS program.
You can voice your opinion against this legislation as well through the following link:
For more information on NAIS and this proposed legislation, visit:
The Death of Organic This is a radio show hosted by my friend Sean from www.UndergroundWellness.com
Why NAIS Must be Stopped. A video presentation about by the Environmental Conservation Organization
Monsanto Punishing Farmers. An article by Linn Cohen-Cole describing the political connections of Monsanto in regards to this legislation.
This post was written by my friend Vin Miller. Vin is a certified Holistic Nutritionist & Lifestyle Expert and Certified Personal Trainer. Vin’s expertise comes through rebuilding his own health and is passionate about helping others to do the same. Check out his website http://www.naturalbias.com