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January 18, 2008 4:34 PM   Subscribe

Axis of Agriculture: Tagging Terrorist Chickens If you worry about al-Qaeda infiltrating the Amish farming community or the organic food movement, you can finally relax.
posted by Freen (13 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

This is just insane. What a masterstroke from the factory farming lobby. I'm just speechless. Of course, Michigan would be the first...cause they have plenty of jobs and can certainly stand to (further) destroy the livelihoods of their small farmers.

I don't even recognize this country anymore.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 5:11 PM on January 18, 2008

If a fox gobbles up a chicken and is transmitting the chicken's location in his belly while running around the woods, will it show up on the monitor as a chicken or fox?
posted by romanb at 5:23 PM on January 18, 2008


Seriously, really - what can we do to stop this?
posted by batmonkey at 5:51 PM on January 18, 2008

The agriculture writers' group has been screaming about this for months. Apparently the Department of Agriculture won't hand over a bunch of information about this program.

SPJ Signs Letter Opposing Senate Agriculture Committee's Attempt to Keep Livestock Information Secret
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - The Society of Professional Journalists and 28 journalism-advocacy organizations signed onto a Nov. 7 letter to members of the U.S. Senate that opposes non-disclosure provisions in the 2007 Farm Bill approved by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee on Oct. 25. The language was drafted by Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
posted by etaoin at 6:32 PM on January 18, 2008

Even if when I try to avoid the robo-meat hyperbole this is still mind boggling. This is micromanagement on this highest order, and for what reason? Because we feed cattle other cattle instead of letting them ruminate on *gasp* the grass that their stomachs were designed for? This Brave New World tastes like chicken feces.

Time to start asking my butcher where his meat comes from.
posted by furtive at 7:23 PM on January 18, 2008

Apparently the Department of Agriculture won't hand over a bunch of information about this program.

from The Nation artile: "The only reference to NAIS in the farm bill is a provision that exempts NAIS data from Freedom of Information Act coverage and imposes potential criminal penalties on those who publish NAIS data."
posted by nax at 8:37 AM on January 19, 2008

ruminate on *gasp* the grass that their stomachs were designed for?

There just isn't that much grass. Letting those giant herds loose in the countryside would leave you with deserts and a lot of hungry cows.
posted by IronLizard at 9:57 AM on January 19, 2008

Previously on MeFi. Maine, where I am planning to move the second I can get out of here, has had some of the most interesting resistance to this program. I seem to recall a farmer planting a pie in the face of the USDA shills...
posted by at 10:07 AM on January 19, 2008

Really? Did that help?
posted by Naberius at 10:56 AM on January 19, 2008

It sure as hell sent a message, Naberius. As did the sheer number of people objecting to the program who showed up at the meeting.

(If you've never been to Maine, you have to understand that Mainers are not much for outsider interference in their affairs. Seriously. Some asshat 'from away' trying to tell them what to do is just about the worst possible thing I can imagine from their perspective).
posted by at 12:35 PM on January 19, 2008

I've been wondering - if they can actually implement this monstrously huge tracking program on the huge number of livestock animals that we have here in the U.S., then wouldn't that constitute a huge proof of concept for tracking us? It's not like we'd need a tag on our ear, we could get it in a vaccination or some other injection. Would they even tell us?

This shit is seriously freaking me out. The distopian future is approaching far faster than I had anticipated.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 10:35 PM on January 19, 2008 [2 favorites]

In other news: Montana Governor Foments Real ID Rebellion
posted by homunculus at 11:09 AM on January 20, 2008

War is peace; sickness is life
posted by homunculus at 2:42 PM on January 22, 2008

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