Indeed, the only sure outcome of NAIS are the windfall rewards, which tech companies and the trade groups that support them are currently jockeying to catch. The
consortiums they form with private technology providers and federal and state governments are too cozy and too lucrative to give the system an appearance of anything
but a cash cow for corporate beneficiaries. The tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money that has already poured into NAIS has done more to enrich a handful of money-minded organizations than to ensure food safety,and it is time that the USDA jettison this program.
Monday, September 21, 2009