NAIS was designed by NIAA (the National Institute of Animal Agriculture), a corporate consortium consisting of Monsanto, industrial meat producers such as Cargill and Tyson, and surveillance companies such Viatrace, AgInfoLink, and Digital Angel. The NAIS scheme fits agribusiness, biotech, and surveillance companies to a T:
1). They are already computerized, and they engineered a corporate loophole: If an entity owns a vertically integrated, birth-to-death factory system with thousands of animals (as the Cargills and Tysons do), it does not have to tag and track each one but instead a herd is given a single lot number.
2). NAIS will only be burdensome and costly (fees, tags, computer equipment, time) to small farmers which helps push them out of business, thus leaving more market to giant agribusiness.
3). Agribusiness wants to reassure export customers that the US meat industry is finally cleaning up its widespread contamination. NAIS would give that appearance ... without incurring the cost of a real cleanup.
4). NAIS will allow total control over Giant Agribusiness' competition: Owners of even a single chicken would be required to register private information, the Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates of their 'premise' and if any animal leaves its 'premise', the owner will be required to obtain an ID number for it and have the animal microchipped. All information, including 24 hour GPS surveillance would be fed into a vast corporate data bank, allowing for ease of false slaughter to hide true problems or to substitute biotech's genetically engineered animals .
5). NAIS may allow plundering of farmers through required DNA samples: DNA samples would be invaluable to Monsanto and biotech corporations already genetically engineering animals. Farmers who raise heritage breeds would have no say in how their distinct DNA would be used and to the sole profit of biotech companies.
6). The advantage for the surveillance companies is obvious: Compulsory tagging of 6 million sheep, 7 million horses, 63 million hogs, 97 million cows, 260 million turkeys, 300 million laying hens, 9 billion chickens, and untold numbers of bison, alpaca, quail, and other animals--and new animals being born, means a massive self-perpetuating market.The health claims for NAIS are a sham though fear of disease is used to advance it.
NAIS does not touch the contaminated source of E.coli, salmonella, listeria, mad cow, and common meat-borne diseases - the inherently unhealthy practices (mass crowding, growth stimulants, feeding regimens, rushed assembly lines, poor sanitation, etc.) of industrial-scale meat operations. Upton Sinclair's "Jungle" all over again. NAIS will do nothing to stop these practices. Moreover, tracking ends at the time of slaughter, yet it's from slaughter onward that most spoilage occurs. But NAIS does not trace any contamination after slaughter.
Agribusiness' self-serving NAIS scheme distracts from their own filthy contaminatory practices, while targeting hundreds of thousands of small farms, homesteaders, organic producers, hobbyists ... and maybe even you. NAIS's purpose is to advance corporate monopoly over all food in the US. and NAIS lays the ground work. Kissinger said if you control food, you can control people .
The "food safety" bills are heavily disguised, immense corporate plan to take control of our food supply which is the most severe threat possible to our democracy itself.
NAIS alert : Congressional hearing Wed March 11, 2009
Posted by: "Suzanne W Gasparotto" firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry will hold a hearing on â€œanimal identification rogramsâ€ on Wednesday, March 11,
The agenda has not been released, so nothing is certain at this time. Staffers have informed us that the Subcommittee will hear testimony from organizations about NAIS implementation generally, and that this is not a hearing to pass any bills.
This is the first time in several years that any Congressional Committee will hear testimony about NAIS! We are working with other groups to try to ensure that the voices of people who are against NAIS will also
be heard at the hearing.
Below is information on how you can take action, including a list of the Subcommittee members. After that is an update on NAIS in the Appropriations bill, so please read all the way through!
If one of the Subcommittee members is from your state, call that member!
Or you can contact your own Representative and ask him or her to approach the Subcommittee member to urge them to oppose NAIS.
When you call, ask to speak to the staffer who handles agricultural issues, and talk with them about your concerns about NAIS. Emphasize that you want them to ask hard questions of both the industry and USDA
representatives, and to make sure that people representing those who oppose NAIS are also heard at the hearing.
Once the agenda for the hearing is released, we will send out another alert with more specific action points. And, after the hearing, it will be very important to follow up with the Subcommittee members to make sure they hear all of the facts that are likely to not be raised at the
hearing! So stay tuned!
Below are the Subcommittee members, their party and state, and phone numbers. You can also send an email by using this format: firstname.lastname@ mail.house. gov
We strongly recommend that you make at least your initial contact with the Ag staffer with a telephone conversation.
Mike Rogers (R-AL)
Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)
Jim Costa (D-CA)
Joe Baca (D-CA)
Betsy Markey (D-CO)
David Scott (Chair), (D-GA)
Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
Steve King (R-IA)
Walt Minnick (D-ID)
Frank Kratovil, Jr. (D-MD)
Adrian Smith (R-NE)
Tim Holden (D-PA)
David P. Roe (R-TN)
K. Michael Conaway (R-TX)
202-225-3605 or 866-882-381
Randy Neugebauer, Ranking Minority Member (R-TX)
202-225-4005 or 888-763-1611
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Steve Kagen (D-WI)
The 2009 omnibus Appropriations bill, HR 1105, passed the House on Thursday. The bill includes $14.5 million of funding for NAIS, which is significantly less than the amount requested by the USDA for FY 2009. Representative Obey (D-WI) included a statement in the record about the intended uses of the appropriations for USDA, including timelines and performance goals for NAIS.
This statement does not mandate NAIS, but it implies approval of the
USDAâ€™s Business Plan, which includes using existing disease control programs to implement NAIS and achieve those performance goals.
Call your Senators and ask that they support an amendment to strip the NAIS funding out of the bill!
The good news is that it appears that the provision that would have required the School Lunch Program to buy meats only from NAIS-registered farms did NOT make it into the omnibus Appropriations bill!
THANK YOU to everyone who called and wrote their Congressmen last summer and fall to oppose that provision!
To read the Omnibus Appropriations bill, go to www.thomas.gov
and enter â€œHR 1105â€ in the search box. Click the option for â€œBill Numberâ€ and then hit â€œsearch.â€ Rep. Obeyâ€™s explanatory statement can be read by clicking on the link for â€œH1653-H2088â€ under â€œNoteâ€ (towards the top of the page of the search result).
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