No Mandatory Animal ID

Monday, April 30. 2007


I know I haven't posted anything here in a while but there hasn't been much news. I started this to fight mandatory NAIS and they have changed the program to voluntary so I haven't had much to say. There are some states implementing statewide programs, Michigan and Wisconsin to be exact, and I haven't had much to say about that because that is within a states purview and it's up to the citizens of the state to fight it. I wish them luck in changing it.

I have been hearing some disquieting rumors of late that have me worried. The first is the Democrats in Congress might resurrect NAIS and pair it up with mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). I've been afraid of this when I heard that Congress was going to push COOL. I can't help but wonder why they want to make COOL as difficult as this for US producers. Why do we have to identify our products? Why not identify foreign meat that enters the food chain and leave US producers alone? Why should all the cost be on us and none on the importers of meat? I plan on keeping an eye on the situation and see what develops.

Another rumor I've heard is that Congress is planning on expanding NAIS to take in all food stuffs in the US.

Mary Zanoni, an expert on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) informs me that there is a new move in Congress for creating a single agency—now divided between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration—for overseeing food safety. What’s especially intriguing is the mechanism being pushed for this new agency to do its work. The Congressional proposals, she says, “contain a provision which, if enacted, would grant authority to the proposed new agency to create not only a mandatory NAIS, but in essence, mandatory tracking for all food products, apparently including produce, grains, virtually any food or food-producing animals. This is NAIS on steroids. In fact, it would subject local, small-scale producers of vegetables and fruits to the same regulatory hell that NAIS would impose on livestock owners.”

I couldn't believe it when I read it. You might remember my NAIS to include all vegetables and now it might be coming true. Unbelievable. I doubt they will use the name I proposed though. Federal Uniform Calories Key Identification Tracking (FUCK IT). They will come up with something a little more acceptable. This is something to really keep an eye on most definitly.

This is all coming about because of the recent pet food scare. We are back to the same thing though. Why should it be necessary to regulate all US producers for food safety when if they just kept a better eye on what's coming in from foreign countries, it would solve most of the problems.

There is a lot of things to keep an eye on with NAIS and ID issues and I continue to do that. Just because I don't have time to post on a regular basis doesn't mean I don't care, it means I am busy while still staying on top of the issue. The old saying goes, "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty" and I am remaining vigilante.

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