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Note: This interview with attorney Judith McGeary by Alex Jones was aired just before the HR2751 hit the fan. The concern is real. The interview is an educational necessity. All who want and respect clean farm raised food — listen up!!

Killing Off the Small Farm: Alex Jones Talks with Judith McGeary 1/3

Alex also talks with Judith McGeary, the Executive Director of FARFA. McGeary is an attorney and small farmer. She has a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin. After a clerkship with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, she practiced as an attorney doing a combination of administrative law, litigation, and appeals. She and her husband live on a small farm outside of Austin. Ms. McGeary talks to Alex about animal ID and the government plan to eliminate small farmers and restrict the healthy food choices of Americans.

Under the earlier plans for NAIS, each animal would have to be identified and physically tagged, in many cases with radio frequency tags or microchips. Factory farms of chickens and swine would be able to identify whole groups of animals with one number, but most regular farmers and individuals would have to identify each animal individually. “Events” in the animal’s life would have to be reported within 24 hours. All of this information will be kept in databases by the state government or private companies, while the federal government will have the right to access the databases as it deems necessary.

Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has stated that it is dropping the original plans for NAIS, Big Ag and Big Tech continue to push for the program at both the federal and state levels.

The NAIS does not distinguish between large corporate factory farms and the smallest family farm, pleasure horse owner, or the grandmother with a few laying hens. The NAIS will drive small and medium-size farmers and ranchers out of business, increasing the consolidation of our food supply into the hands of a few large, multinational corporations. The government is wasting your taxpayer dollars on a program that will lead to increased food prices and decreased quality.

Putting The Small Farmer Out Of Business

July 12, 2010 by Bob Livingston

Putting The Small Farmer Out Of Business The Federal government has long been legislating in an effort to eliminate the small farmer, and increasingly local governments are doing so as well. The government’s efforts—under the guise of making our food safer—have all but put off limits good, healthful foods like whole raw milk and truly organic meats and vegetables grown by local farmers. The Federal government, through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other alphabet soup organizations are constantly banning natural, good-for-you foods and inventing new restrictions that hurt the small farmer for the benefit of Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland and other large farm entities. And local governments are constantly devising zoning and other restrictions to hinder small farms, just like Lake Elmo, Minn., is doing here. This is not just a Minnesota problem, it’s a national problem.

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