Section 10305, would criminalize disclosure of information from the USDA's new proposed program, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) opening the door for harsh criminal or civil penalties on members of the public who might publish or in any way disclose information from the NAIS -- even if the information had been legally obtained!read more | digg story
The NAIS amounts to some of the dumbest regulation ever conceived by gov't. Why do I say that? Because, like the national ID legislation (NAIS' closest competitor in stupid regulation) it can only track the animals that are tagged. Untagged animals, the ones most likely to be diseased, cannot be tracked; and so cannot be accounted for when outbreaks do and will occur.
It's a multi-million dollar boondoggle that will force out the more marginal small farms, and make it easier for the corporate farms to dominate markets.
It's a waste of time and money, providing a dangerously false sense of security when it comes to food safety.
(irradiation, irradiation, irradiation. I don't think I can say it often enough. The only way to be sure the food is safe is to kill the bacteria hiding in it. That means irradiation)
NAIS must be abandoned. That is the only sane course.
Making it a crime to expose details of the useless database only adds insult to injury.