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Questions about NAIS

(Editor's note: The following letter to the editor is a response to: NAIS coordinator outlines benefits of plan, responds to criticisms, Delta Farm Press, May 13, 2009, Page 10.)

If (the National Animal Identification System) is such a great program, why are over 90 percent of the people who know about the program against it?

(I) had a pleasant chat with a very nice lady at FoodLogiQ — a company that tracks veggies from farm to store and cattle in Wisconsin and Canada. (I) asked if they have plans to include home gardens as they could be a source of pathogenic contamination.

She said no, that would be too intrusive, too much trouble on their part and logistically impossible and there would be a huge outrage from the people. In other words, it just could not be done!

I asked, “But what if salmonella or other pathogen from a private garden somehow got on the produce that would eventually go to the factories for canning, freezing or just any grocery store?”

Her reply was the factories are rigidly controlled to prevent that kind of stuff and the trace-back would be just to the infected produce that came from the fields (regardless of how they were infected), not the private garden from which the actual infection may have come from!

(In the) past few months, we have experienced how stringent these factories truly are when it comes to tainted food (i.e. peanuts). So I asked her, “If the government knowing about every private, home-grown tomato or cucumber is too intrusive and unworkable then why (when it comes to NAIS) does the same argument not hold for privately owned cattle, goats, pigs, ponies, and chickens?”

She agreed with me.

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