Thursday, September 23, 2010

Judith McGeary: Animal ID and The Government Plan to Eliminate Small Farmers & Ranchers!


Alex also talks with Judith McGeary, the Executive Director of FARFA. McGeary is an attorney and small farmer. She has a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin. After a clerkship with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, she practiced as an attorney doing a combination of administrative law, litigation, and appeals. She and her husband live on a small farm outside of Austin. Ms. McGeary talks to Alex about animal ID and the government plan to eliminate small farmers and restrict the healthy food choices of Americans.
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Under the earlier plans for NAIS, each animal would have to be identified and physically tagged, in many cases with radio frequency tags or microchips. Factory farms of chickens and swine would be able to identify whole groups of animals with one number, but most regular farmers and individuals would have to identify each animal individually. "Events" in the animal's life would have to be reported within 24 hours. All of this information will be kept in databases by the state government or private companies, while the federal government will have the right to access the databases as it deems necessary.

Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has stated that it is dropping the original plans for NAIS, Big Ag and Big Tech continue to push for the program at both the federal and state levels.

The NAIS does not distinguish between large corporate factory farms and the smallest family farm, pleasure horse owner, or the grandmother with a few laying hens. The NAIS will drive small and medium-size farmers and ranchers out of business, increasing the consolidation of our food supply into the hands of a few large, multinational corporations. The government is wasting your taxpayer dollars on a program that will lead to increased food prices and decreased quality.

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