Tuesday, January 10, 2006
we don't need no stinkin' ID
The USDA is currently developing a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) that, when fully implemented, would require livestock owners to register all livestock, including poultry. Walter at Sugar Mountain Farm has written an excellent summary of the implications this program could have on small-scale farmers, or even people who want to keep a few chickens in the backyard for eggs or meat. You can read his post here .
My first reaction to this possibility was "forget it. Why bother raising chickens at all if you have to go through all the government paperwork?"
Which is exactly what the government, and industrial agriculture, want me to think. Self-sufficiency is under attack.