[Market-farming] NAIS

Brigette Leach avalonfarmshomegrown at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 31 16:47:26 EST 2006

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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