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Not too subtle NAIS in Congress

Note the good talking points below the clipped info.

Congressional Sub-Committee Attempts to Mandate NAIS 

Rep. Rose Delauro, chairwoman of the House Ag Appropriations Sub-Committee, has inserted pro-NAIS provisions into the Ag Appropriations bill for 2009. The proposed bill would require the USDA’s National School Lunch Program to only buy meat from animals registered in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS)…

…Call Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (202.225.4404): Ask Rep. Emerson to offer an amendment to strip pro-NAIS language from the House Ag Appropriations Bill. Tell Rep. Emerson that Missouri livestock producers are adamantly opposed to NAIS.

Call Rep. Rosa DeLauro (202-225-3661): Tell Rep. DeLauro to take pro-NAIS language out of House Ag Appropriations Bill.

Call Rep. Dave Obey (202.225.3365): Ask Rep. Obey to strip the pro-NAIS language from the House Ag Appropriations Bill.

NAIS Talking Points:

1. NAIS does NOTHING to address food safety issues from the processor to the simply moves the burden from corporate meat packers, who don’t follow the rules, to independent livestock producers.

2. Missouri’s Family Farmers believe it is extremely important to ensure consumer confidence in the safety and health of the U.S. food supply while at the same time ensuring the economic viability of independent livestock producers.But NAIS does not meet the needs of producers or consumers.

3. The majority (>92%) of family farmers in Missouri (and the rest of the nation) are opposed to NAIS.

4. The Truth About Animal ID.: Creates an undue economic burden on producers, does not include identification of imported meats, does nothing to increase consumer choice or confidence, expands packers ability to unfairly discriminate against family farmers.



noNAIS has an article posted regarding the case of Mary-Louise Zanoni vs. the USDA. You can read the full article, plus all the history of the ridiculous, fear-mongering program that is NAIS at Here’s a small excerpt of the article:

“R-CALF USA was pleased to learn that on June 4, 2008, the U.S. District Court – District of Columbia forced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to suspend indefinitely its plan to establish a new Privacy Act system of records titled “National Animal Identification System (NAIS).”…The court-ordered suspension was a result of the Mary-Louise Zanoni v. United States Department of Agriculture case. ”

Keep up the fight R-CALF, Mary-Louise Zanoni and the millions of small farmers, homesteaders and other citizens interested in civil liberties. It’s not over yet. Don’t let your optimism turn you complacent.

Thanks to Henwhisperer who forwarded the following article to me from Feedstuffs (even they don’t think it’s real food)
the Weekly Newspaper for Agribusiness (that’s gotta be some interesting reading)

Rod Smith

Contrary to many news stories and organizations’ statements, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) remains up and running, officials connected to the program told Feedstuffs this week…

Read the full article here

I am so grateful to all the food and freedom activists as well as the internet for helping raise awareness of this issue over the last couple of years. It is easy for us to get caught up in our day-to-day routines and think someone will take care of everything. Will they stop with domesticated animals? Doubtful. Do you smell Big Brother in the air? Keep a sharp eye, people…it ain’t over. How are the RFID chip manufacturers going to recoup their investment? How is our corporate-loving US government going to protect them?

Maybe we should teach our kids to “Just Say No” to RFID chips.