Disturbing National Animal Identification talk now spreading to vegetables in your garden — 13 Comments

  1. On the cream of … soups, I’ve been using this one for over a year now with no problems. I thought you would like to pass it along. There is very minor seperation, but nothing unsightly. Much better than storebought. This is the base soup, replace mushroom with chopped chicken & increase processing time by 20 minutes.

    � 1/3 cup butter
    � 1 pound mushrooms, chopped or sliced
    � 3/4 cup flour
    � 2 quarts meat stock (chicken bouillon may be substituted)
    � 1 T. salt
    � 1 tsp. lemon juice

    Melt butter. Add mushrooms and cook until brown.
    Add meat stock, saving enough to mix with the flour.
    Make a paste with meat stock and flour.
    Mix all ingredients and heat until it boils.
    Put in jars and process in pressure canner for 45 minutes
    at 10 lb.pressure.
    When opening to use, add equal amount of milk and soup.
    Very good!
    Makes 5 pints.
    NOTE: I have tripled this before and it just fits
    in my large stock pot for simmering. I buy mushrooms when they
    are closing out at discount prices because they aren’t
    real fresh. They make the best soup! I use this soup
    just like you would the soup you buy in the store.
    My husband loves it!! I haven’t bought store soup in over a year now.

  2. Jackie,

    You said “Because of lots of public outcry, the NAIS, a government “wonderchild,” sponsored largely by large agribusiness type animal/poultry growers, apparently shriveled and came to a standstill last year.” Don’t you believe it! It did not come to a standstill – it just took a little side trip right into H.R.875 and several more bills to try to gain legitimacy and more funding, and the USDA plans to ignore those of us who want no part of the program.

    On March 17 the Brownfield Ag News reported about H.R.875 that “DeLauro assured Farmers Union delegates that small farms are not the primary focus of her bill. “We are conscious of the needs of small farms and the strains they already face. The legislation addresses foods under FDA jurisdiction only – NOT the US Department of Agriculture. And it does not include mandatory (only the opportunity for it) animal I.D.,” says DeLauro.

    DeLauro says small farms would need to develop a food safety plan and identify critical control points, “We included technical assistance for small farmers to help them comply with the law while targeting the large, high volume food processing facilities that pose the highest risk to the food safety system,” says DeLauro.”

    On March 31 it was reported also in the Brownfield Ag News that “ Vilsack would reach out to those who oppose animal ID” – to change our minds, I’m sure, because his cohorts are not so ‘undecided’!

  3. Yes, Jackie, PLEASE consider writing an auto-biography about your life up to “Starting Over”…I agree, you are truly an interesting person, and we all learn so much from you! If nothing else, think of it as a “Public Service”-type project! You certainly would be doing all of us a HUGE service to learn from you!

  4. This bill (HR875) seems to be very similar to a bill passed regarding protecting children from lead-based-painted toys, etc., the one that was worded in such a manner as could have definitely been applied to home-based businesses, small clothing manufacturers, etc. The intent was great but could have been (and may still be) catastrophic for manufacturers of ANY item intended for children. Perhaps HR875 has noble purposes, but it appears to benefit large agribusiness (who determines what is an “approved manner” to grow vegetables?) and take away our farmers’ markets, roadside stands, CSAs, etc. I don’t know of a single case of Salmonella or E. coli illnesses caused by my local farmer’s market last summer! But I am going to be “protected” by this bill? I DON’T THINK SO…..and I plan to contact my local senator/representative to vote DOWN this bill.

  5. We used to have the two years manadatory service except it was for young men over the age of 18, they called it the draft and they were prohibted from political anything.

  6. I just read another note about this bill. It will not just say what you can use, it reads that they can require you to use certain things to make the food supply safe. In other words, if you gardening organically, you are out of luck if they decide that crops should have a dose of Round-up to protect the food supply or that you MUST use hybrids.

  7. I have been contacting friends about this “Food Safety Modernization Act” Actually, the way it is written, you have to register if you grow(garden), store(pantry) or process(kitchen) food products even if they are not for resale or to be given away. I believe that it is unconstitutional but that hasn’t stopped the current Congress and administration. And it seems to intend to dictate what you can use for fertilizers, herbicides(don’t use them) and could possibly be extended to control seed sources. The representative pushing this is married to someone that works for a large seed company. This company has been accused of going after farmers after the farmers’ fields are contaminated by cross pollinating with the company’s product. On the surface, this makes it even more scary for me. I have contacted my representative and both my senators objecting to it even though it is still “in committee”.

  8. Jackie,
    They DO have a bill that essentially takes your children. It’s called “The Children’s Bill of Rights”.

    It was signed by Bill Clinton but wasn’t ratified by Congress. Dear Hillery and Nancy are pushing it through even as we speak!

    This “Bill of Rights” gives the government final say about your children’s health care, education (so much for homeschooling!), etc…

    This bill gives children the “right” to listen to whatever music they want to.
    (So, if they want to listen to vulgar, obscene music; music that depicts police as murderers or women as rightful prey to be abused, you can’t tell them to turn it off??? Think gangsta rap!!!)

    The “right” to be freed from being taught that your religion is true, you can only teach that your beliefs are “equal” to other beliefs, therefore optional. And if they don’t want to go to church, but stay home and play video games…..

    “Right to access appropriate information and to a balanced depiction Of reality.” (WHO’S reality???)

    “16. Right to a diverse environment and creativity
    Children have the right to have many different things, people, and ideas in their environment.

    Children have the right to listen to music of their choice.

    Children have the right NOT to have their creativity stifled.”

    So children have the “right” to be around pedophiles, criminals and other people that the parents may not want the child around. And again, you can forget homeschooling.

    There’s a LOT more that on the surface sounds pretty and very reasonable, but when you ask yourself WHO will decide when these “rights” are being abridged, then you really see the danger of this bill.

  9. “First it’s your animals and vegetables and pretty soon it’ll be your children.”

    They’re already moving on that. Check out HR 1388:

    It introduces mandatory volunteer service as a requirement for those 18 and under, and proposes a study on the possibility of making that same type of service mandatory for the entire population. It also talks about special uniforms for those serving, “camps”, etc. And one of the ammendments reads:
    “Prohibited Activities- A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not engage in the following activities:

    `(1) Attempting to influence legislation.

    `(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.

    `(3) Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing.

    `(4) Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements.

    `(5) Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office.

    `(6) Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials.

    `(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.”

    Read the whole bill, its straight out of Hitler’s playbook. And its already been passed by the House.

  10. The government can’t guarantee safe, contaminant-free food now, so how is this piece of legislation going to be any better? The answer–it’s NOT going to be any better. It is simply going to be another money making instrument for those bent on stripping citizens of their God-given rights.

  11. it won’t be long and they will be telling us we can’t can our own home grown food. I guess I did not ask my question right. I want to bake my meatloaf right in the jar and then put it in the pressure cooker. I will send another note.

  12. I think Jackies post was pretty interesting. It does seem to me the government , even as broke as it seems to be, continues to non-stop push at every edge of freedom in this country–as if looking for weak spots to encroach upon it. Given how uninformed people are as to what actually is the role of government under our constitution– it cant’ be very long until freedom is assaulted and quashed completely in our country. What an awful shame, what was the greatest beacon is near dimming.

  13. Jackie,

    I followed the link to H. R. 875. Believe it or not, the bill already has 39 cosponsors. That is hard to imagine. There is a section for question and answers. The questions and answers are both submitted anonymously which means that many people have questions but anyone can throw out an answer, be it right or wrong.

    What we need to do, is everyone that subscribes to or reads your blog, needs to contact these cosponsors and ask some hard questions. Those questions should be……what do you as a cosponsors believe to be the answers to the questions that are posed there. If they can’t give an educated answer, then why are they sponsoring the bill in the first place.

    You are right, it scares the crap out of me too. There are some very serious questions and answers on that website. Now is the time for all to come together before it will be outlawed that we can’t do that either.