Following up on a previous post on the National Animal Identification System, I thought I’d pass along the following email from the Missouri Farmers Union:
USDA Listening Session National Animal Identification System Scheduled for June 9 in Jefferson City
Truman Hotel & Conference Center
1510 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO
Tuesday, June 9th: 9AM-4PM
The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is gaining traction in Washington D.C., and we have the opportunity to let USDA know that the program will adversely affect thousands of Missouri farmers, while doing nothing for food safety concerns. Please plan to attend the listening session on June 9th. If you need assistance with transportation, directions or talking points, please contact Missouri Farmers Union.
Pro-NAIS forces have used myths to try to get farmers and consumers to buy into the NAIS program. Now it is the time to convey the message that NAIS will severely and negatively impact independent family farmers, consumers who care about local and sustainable foods, taxpayers who object to wasteful government programs and advocates for a safer food system.
What You Can Do:
1. Attend the listening session on June 9. Please have prepared comments ready, if possible, and remember there might be opportunities to visit with media.
2. Submit written comments online or mail to:
ATTN NAIS, Surveillance and Identification Programs
National Center for Animal Health Programs, VS, APHIS
4700 River Road Unit 200
Riverdale, MD 20737
– Brian DeSmet
Of course, we know there’s a growing movement for good, healthy, local food — it’s why we all love Local Harvest so much. But are there forces at work to “Make Sure We Have No Option But Factory Farmed Food”? And is the Democratic-led Congress helping them by pushing the National Animal ID System (NAIS)? Seems so according to this Daily Kos diary (by one of the people there that focuses on food issues).
As the author points out, there are many reasons to eat locally-grown food — food safety, the environment, health, etc. You may know that free-range eggs taste a lot better than chain grocery store eggs (the yellower the yolk, the better), but did you realize how much healthier they are?
1/3 less cholesterol
1/4 less saturated fat
2/3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene
If you want to keep eating those eggs from local farmers — and having easy access to them — you might want to weigh in on the NAIS debate with your US Congress Critter.
As an aside, the Union of Concerned Scientists recently released a study about genetically-engineered (GE) foods that knocks down one of the main arguments for GE foods — their supposedly higher yields. As it turns out, not so much.
Feel free to email me any questions or links to stories at planb247(at)gmail(dot)com.
– Brian DeSmet