As we’ve noted previously, the National Animal Identification System, or NAIS, will unfairly target small farmers over factory farms, while doing little—if anything—to prevent outbreaks of diseases like Swine Flu and Mad Cow Disease.
Jill Richardson, founder of La Vida Locavore, takes on the NAIS, debunking its supposed benefits point by point, and showing the hypocrisy in the system.
From the Daily Kos diaries:
There’s one bad thing about having an effective administration finally in charge in Washington. When they want to do something BAD, they are more effective at getting it done. Case in point: the National Animal ID System (NAIS).
The Dems say they are for the environment, yet factory farms pollute the environment.
The Dems say they are for food safety, yet factory farms are the biggest food safety hazard we have.
The Dems say they are for public health, yet factory farmed animal products are proven to be the root of many chronic health problems afflicting Americans.
The Dems say they are for “main street” and “family farmers,” yet believe it or not even the owners of most factory farms get screwed over by the big corporations that control the market, and true family farms will be crushed if NAIS is fully implemented.
So given this, WHY are the Democrats the ones pushing for NAIS??? Why are they pushing for a program that will leave factory farms intact while crushing small, sustainable, humane farms that produce the very food (healthy food) Americans need?
Photo courtesy of Socially Responsible Agricultural Project’s photostream on Flickr.