Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Government, Get Out of My Life!

First came NAIS, to make it illegal for me raise my own animals and share them with friends and family without government permission.

From NoNAIS.org:

Homesteaders, people who grow some of their own food, will have to register with the government as a farm and obtain a Premise ID. They’ll also have to pay the annual fees associated with that and fill out the paperwork on all of their livestock. Every time you have chicks, goats, piglets or other animals born you’ll need to register it with the government. Every time an animal dies you’ll have to register it with the government. Got a predator problem? Expect to fill out a lot of paperwork. Have an animal escape the fence and cross the road or go onto a neighbor’s property? Fill out more forms and the neighbor may have to fill out forms, too. Animals come on to your property uninvited? More forms. And no, there are no exceptions. Every livestock animal must be registered, tagged and tracked from birth to death.

Small Farmers who sell direct to their customers will be devastated. Small farmers already work at higher costs than the big factory farms. Under NAIS they’ll have to identify each and every animal at a high cost because they can’t use the group identification techniques of the big Agri-Biz corporations. The big guys do all-in/all-out animal management. Each mass group of animals are of one gene stock and the same age. The factory farms need only apply for one ID to cover the entire group of thousands of animals. Small, traditional-style farmers have many, genetically diverse animals of different ages on their farms. Each individual animal will be required to have an ID. The result is that the cost of farming will go up greatly for small farmers. This is likely to be the final nail in the coffin of small farming. Developers will be over joyed as they buy up farm land at rock bottom prices to divide up into condos and strip malls. Rural America will turn dingy with pavement. Gone will be the fields, pastures and meadows filled with grazing livestock. Vermont can kiss it’s tourist industry good-bye.

Then came HR 875 and S425 to take away my right to home garden.

From Campaign For Liberty:

  • Legally binds state agriculture depts to enforcing federal guidelines effectively taking away the states power to do anything other than being food police for the federal dept.
  • Effectively criminalizes organic farming but doesn't actually use the word organic.
  • Affects anyone growing food even if they are not selling it but consuming it.
  • Affects anyone producing meat of any kind including the processing wild game for personal consumption.
  • Legislation is so broad based that every aspect of growing or producing food can be made illegal. There are no specifics which is bizarre considering how long the legislation is.
  • Section 103 is almost entirely about the administrative aspect of the legislation. It will allow the appointing of officials from the factory farming corporations and lobbyists and classify them as experts and allow them to determine and interpret the legislation. Who do you think they are going to side with?
  • Section 206 defines what will be considered a food production facility and what will be enforced up all food production facilities. The wording is so broad based that a backyard gardener could be fined and more.
  • Section 207 requires that the state's agriculture dept act as the food police and enforce the federal requirements. This takes away the states power and is in violation of the 10th amendment.

They claimed the rains in the dry states, making it illegal to harvest rainwater.

They said that food can’t make health claims unless it is labeled as a drug (see the Cheerios debacle), even though Hippocrates said over 2000 years ago, "Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food." Not according to the FDA.

The House has passed The Watermelon Bill to tell me how when and what I can drive, switch on my lights, heat my home and God only knows what else. President Obama and his carefully orchestrated infomercials are trying to shove government controlled health care down my screaming throat. Please, someone, tell me when the government has managed to do anything less expensively than the private sector?

I've had it, I've just had it. Government, back the heck off! Get out of my life! I am a grown up, and I know I lot better what my family and my community need than you do. What is happening at the federal level is unconstitutional (as well as being absolutely ludicrous). Get yourselves copies of the Constitution. Read them. Quit lining your (and your friends) pockets with my money and the money of every other hard-working American.

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