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We Can Do It the Easy Way... Or the Hard Way- Ag Secretary Schafer On NAIS and Premises Registration

11 January 2009 at 10:53:47 AM

Ugh.I really hate the way this little bit of an interview with Ed Schafer sounds. As in "Yeah, it's voluntary.. and if you don't voluntarily do it, we'll MAKE you do it and you see how you are then" (Note: this is MY take on what the below says, via the link, above.)

Screw you, Secy Schafer. LEARN what voluntary means. Not Voluntary UNTIL....

SEC. SCHAFER: Well, you know, this has been a voluntary program. It's gone slower than we wanted it to go. But we have about a third of the premises in the U.S. signed up now. We've developed cooperative agreements with state and producer organizations to try to bring people on-line. I've noticed over the past few days actually there has been some resistance to that National Animal ID System. There have been charges against USDA that we're making it mandatory because we are requiring people with certain operations, certain relationships to ID their premises.

Um. Yeah.

You know, there's a simple reality. In today's world marketplace if we're going to continue to provide an abundant, safe and inexpensive food supply in this country we need to be able to trace where our products come from. If we're going to deliver, for instance, the COOL legislation, we need to be able to trace where our products come from. If we get into outbreaks of diseases and difficulties, we need to be able to trace where our products come from.

We already can. And COOL can be done without NAIS.

And we don't want to be in a situation like Canada with the BSE outbreak up there. In the midst of the crisis they had to develop an animal and premises ID system. And you know it behooves us in this country to do it while we have the time, while we have the capacity and capability to do so. And importantly, on a voluntary basis is much better than having the government come and say, "You have to do this."

What a lame argument. What he's saying is that as long as people voluntarily sign up to do premises registration, NAIS, etc, the government doesn't have to step in and make them. So what's the difference? A gun to the head? I saw a joke today that had a caveman trying to sell a club to another caveman and the caption was "Buy this or I'll beat you to death with it".

But you know, what I fear is because of the necessity of developing this system in today's marketplace if we don't do it on a voluntary basis then we're going to have Congress come in and demand it, to make it mandatory, and you know then who knows what's going to happen and how many forms you're going to have to fill out and all this.

Let's just put another example on this. It would be like your boss telling you that you don't have to come in on Saturdays without pay but if you decide you're not going to do it with a big ole smile on your face, there will come a time when you'll be made to do it. And your boss telling you "Home come you didn't do it on your own, so I could pretend you WANTED to do this?"

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