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Strangely Silent

March 16, 2009

I’m getting a little tired of the Alice Waters, Michael Pollan types talking about how we need more bureaucracy and incentives to remake our food system, all while being strangely silent about the movement within that bureaucracy that are going to crush the very types of farms they claim they’d like to see. Is it naivete, or the blindness of their faith in all things government?
From the DC Examiner, more on the consequences of NAIS, now with more mandates!

It’s informative to study who’s backing mandatory NAIS, and who’s opposing it.
On the pro-regulation side, lobbying records and congressional testimony show, are McDonalds, the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producer Federation, and some technology companies that likely hope to get in on the action of tracking all these animals.
On the anti-regulation side are hundreds of family farmers and ranchers who argue the mandate will crush them. If you are a corporate ranch, the costs and hassles of tracking each animal by RFID tags may be worth it in any event, while smaller outfits do better with cheaper, old-fashioned methods of tracking their herds. Think of Wal-Mart’s inventory control compared to a mom-n-pop corner store.

More after the jump.


From → Food Policy

One Comment
  1. Matthew permalink

    You are not efficient. Prepare to be assimilated.

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