A friend sends along this notice, from the blog of Ron Paul’s Campaign For Liberty:
URGENT ACTION: Stop the NAIS, Anti-Family Farms Bill
HR 2749, the All Industrial Agriculture bill, could be voted on in the House of Representatives Tuesday. Please call your Congressman immediately and request that he or she reject this bill. Normal voting rules have been suspended to try and ram this through, so please call immediately.
This bill will:
- Mandate NAIS (National Animal Identification System)
- Allow industrializations of all farms
- Give the federal government arbitrary power to force any practices they choose on any farm.
- Allow the federal government to outlaw raw milk
This bill will not create the food safety it claims (it’s actually called The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009). It will make the our food supply less safe by eliminating small farms and centralizing production and processing more than it is already.
ACTION: Please call your Congressman immediately and ask him or her to vote AGAINST HR2749.
Contact info: http://www.House.gov
There is no amendment that will “fix” this bill. An amendment proposed by Representative Kaptur has not been accepted and will not fix the problems in this bill anyway. We want to stop this bill.
This is, you might recall, the same piece of legislation concerning which Wendell Berry promised to go to jail before he’d bring his family farm into compliance. The CFL has a page to help you contact your representatives, and here and here are a couple of my essays on the standoff between small farms and big government should be of great significance to traditionalists and loves of liberty alike.
Now do something about it!