[Market-farming] NAIS

Lucy Goodman goodows at infinet.com
Wed Nov 1 05:12:12 EST 2006


Do you think NAIS as it stands will really work to trace back all 
pathogens especially when the big farms will get exemptions? I too 
understand traceback but we already have this with USDA organics, the 
scrapie testing and do we need this for non food animals? and what about 
produce which is the source of about 50% of food born illness. Will NAIS 
keep e-coli 157 from getting into the water system? i don't think so. 
All I see is yet another unfunded mandate, another badly written and 
vague regulation small farmers must follow. the argument about not being 
able to afford this is valid especially for small farmers whop are just 
starting up and my not have a lot of income yet nor resources for the 
money. Sure we can just all go out of business leaving the big guys 
behind and isn't that what the WTO/USDA/industrial ag want any how? The 
demise of the small diversified farmer?

I also do not like the idea of my livestock becoming a part of the 
national herd once I register my farm and the animals being a part of 
the national herd means they really do not belong to me any longer and 
the state can come in a dispose of them if they deem it necessary (and 
not because there are any ill animals on the farm either). So unlike you 
Brigette i am not at all in favor of the NAIS program as it currently 
stands. I am not against traceability of animals but i do not think a 
one size fits all for both industrial ag and human scale ag is the answer.

Lucy Goodman
Boulder Belt Eco-Farm
Eaton, OH

>Thanks for the link. I appreciate knowing what others are saying 
>publicly. I do have a different view, however, largely because in 
>Michigan we have spent several years now dealing with the bovine 
>tuberculosis problem, and I am well aware of what that disease outbreak 
>has cost not only farmers of all sizes but taxpayers as well. The size 
>of an operation has nothing to do with a disease outbreak like hoof and 
>mouth or avian flu. And if an outbreak occurs, all producers will be 
>impacted, as will all consumers. Even those who don't eat meat. Michigan 
>taxpayers as well as producers have footed the bill for helping to bring 
>the TB problem under control. Taxpayers would also help to foot the bill 
>for any other large scale disease outbreak. People tend to ignore the 
>number of by-products that come from animal agriculture...products that 
>we use on a daily basis without giving it a second thought.  The 
>incident like the manure pie takes place when the reactionaries have run 
>out of valid arguments to make and can find no other means to communicate.
>We all wanted trace back when the recent e-coli outbreak occurred. Why 
>resist a method of trace back on animal products so vehemently? 
>Consumers want to be reassured that food products are safe and if I can 
>help assure that my products are safe, isn't that to my benefit. I don't 
>buy the argument that the program will put family farmers out of 
>business, either. It's singing the same old sad song, poor pitiful me. 
>If one can't meet regulations designed to protect our food supply, then 
>perhaps one should find another occupation.
>Avalon Farms Homegrown
>Andy Wendt wrote:
>>Here is a link to an article in USA Today that Joel Salatin was  
>>interviewed for about NAIS:
>>Market-farming mailing list
>>Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
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