Friday, February 5, 2010

More from USDA on NAIS

Here's a snip:

Q. What kind of comments did you receive during
the National Animal Identification System (NAIS)
listening tour and submitted online?
A. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
received a wide variety of comments during the listening
tour. Some people were in favor of NAIS, but the
vast majority of participants were highly critical of the
program. Some of the concerns and criticisms raised
included confidentiality, liability, cost, privacy, and
religion. There were also concerns about NAIS being
the wrong priority for USDA, that the system benefits
only large-scale producers, and that NAIS is unnecessary
because existing animal identification systems
are sufficient.
During the feedback process, USDA also received
input from Tribal Nations and industry groups, as well
as representatives for small and organic farmers.
USDA seriously considered and reviewed all the
comments and feedback we received before deciding
how to address animal disease traceability.

Read more at the link above.

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