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The lunatic National Animal Identification System: Another way to kill small farms

By Jim Hightower
Hightower Lowdown

A friend of mine tells a story about the political demise in the 1950s of an entrenched Oklahoma state representative, whom we’ll call Elmer Goodenuff.

Rep. Goodenuff, who chaired the ag committee, had been in office so long that he’d grown tight with the Capitol crowd, but he had lost touch with the folks back in his rural district. Thus, when some supermarket lobbyists asked him to sponsor a bill requiring that all egg producers be regulated by the state and have to pay an egg-grading fee, he saw no problem with the measure. It was for the public’s health, the lobbyists told him. His constituents, however, did have a problem with it. In those days, many small farmers made their spending money by selling eggs fresh out of their chicken yards–yet here was ol’ Elmer hitting them with a bureaucratic rigmarole and a fee that would make their little egg stands more trouble than they were worth. It turns out that the supermarket lobbyists’ real agenda had been to get rid of all these bothersome mom-and-pop competitors.

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A National Response to Two FDA Armed Raids on Rawesome

By Victor Rawls

The two SWAT team raids ordered by the FDA on Rawesome, an organic food coop in LA, represent “food safety” come home to roost, in all its vulture reality.  First time, they used armed FBI; the second time, having faced such still resistance from non-resisting people, they multiplied their attack using armed LA police, Ventura County Sheriffs, the California Department of Ag and several other agencies.

People across the country are stunned and enraged, but most are not aware of the one small thing which has allowed this to occur.  To understand how key that little detail is, one must go back to how “food safety” got its power and how it works its magic.

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