Should we put blind trust in our government? Welcome to more control and nationalization for the capitalistic socialistic government of the United States of America. We had a lovely day yesterday with family and a few friends/neighbors. After everyone else packed up and left we talked with our neighbors for several hours about everything and anything that came to mind. One big issue facing small family farms such as our wonderful neighbors is the voluntary mandate of animal registration. It is very upsetting for my dear neighbors as they watch our government forcing this issue on small operations such as theirs. I'm not sure how you get voluntary and mandated all in one paragraph but our government has managed to do this forcing small farms to register their animals with a cost that does not equally apply to large corporate farms. Our dear friends told us about when the government sent men out to access their land for the soils content thirty years ago. He told them he was not interested back then. The guy insisted that he should let them come in and test all the soils on his land. This guy had told the neighbors how it would improve the value of their land. The neighbor's told him if they ever decided to sell their land we can pay for any test then. It was shortly after that land values were driven sky high and the banks came in to play. A few years later many of the neighboring farms around them that had been in families for generations succumb to the burden of credit and many corporate farms started taking over. The taxes and cost were driven up so high that even the small family farms that did not take advantage of the credit were burdened by these excessive cost. The corporates played the stock price and futures game well enough that they made money regardless if their land actually made anything and many of the little guy's felt like they had no choice but to borrow and buy bigger equipment, more chemicals and designer seed to compete. The corporates sought out taxpayers dimes to pay for the land they gained from these small family farms in subsidies. Many little farms got caught up in filing for government subsidies where they signed off to the government (it LOOKED like free money, THEY WERE TOLD IT WAS FREE!). Where were their senators and congressmen? Now that they signed on the government tells them what they can or cannot farm and how to farm. The corporates/bankers on the other hand have the power brokers bought and paid for. They raise a new crop every year through our colleges. A bunch of brainwashed kids willing to work for the man. They collect the government money to pay for that land that they con the little guys out of and the taxpayer foots the bill. The small family farm gets it in the shorts and more of them go under. Sweet deal for many of those banker/investor/farmer types. So what is happening to the small farmer today that denied the banks access and the government access to his land? NAIS! The national animal identification system. One may ask, "So what's the big deal?" It is this. Small Farmers who sell direct to their customers will be devastated. Small farmers already work at higher costs than the big factory farms. Under NAIS theyll have to identify each and every animal at a high cost because they cant use the group identification techniques of the big Agri-Biz corporations. The big guys do all-in/all-out animal management. Each mass group of animals are of one gene stock and the same age. The corporate farms need only apply for one ID to cover the entire group of thousands of animals. Small, family farmers have many, genetically diverse animals of different ages on their farms. Each individual animal will be required to have an ID. The result is that the cost of farming will go up greatly for small farmers and ranches. This is likely to be the final nail in the coffin of small farming and ranching. Corporates are raiding our freedom again folks and very few people are watching or taking the time to help the small rural portions of American that have kept this country strong. Any time anyone pipes up and says anything they are branded a radical or paranoid delusional or worse yet a terrorist. Rural America will turn dingy with pavement, the corporates will gain that much more strength in what you eat, what you will earn and how you will live. They will control your water, your food and the air that you breath. Gone will be the fields, pastures and meadows filled with grazing livestock. Homes in the country that used to have a few chickens scattered around the flower beds that eat the bugs will be no more. The bats are disappearing in droves. Bats eat mosquitos and other insects. The honey bees are dying off in masse. We will not need the honey bee any longer as our food will all have terminator gene seed. The terminator gene won't pollinate if the bees weren't here anyway. THIS IS NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY PEOPLE it is happening right now! If one of these terminator seeds blows across the road from a corporate farm and infects your crop you will be successfully sued by the corporate for contaminating their seed stock. MONSANTO SUES FARMERS OVER 'SINGLE-SEASON SEEDS' Monsanto Sues Midwest Farmers for Saving Soybean Seeds, Monsanto sues and sues and sues and..., Naturally grown organic food is soon to be a thing of the past. I don't want to buy only Tyson chicken. Maybe some of you city folk do. I like eggs that actually have those creamy golden yellow yolks that come from chickens that are not stressed to death. I do not wish to eat meat that is full of chemicals and hormones. I like the beef that is grown in the fields. Maybe y'all can't taste the difference in the food but I can.