Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Cargill Says NO Debate,
Family Farmers and Democrats Say Let's Talk It's a Good Idea
The following press release was forwarded to us announcing a planned March 12th press conference on the south steps of the state capitol.
According to the release House Speaker Cargill has refused to allow a bill on the floor that would limit Big Brother's farm animal tracking in Oklahoma. The tracking program National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is a program of the USDA. According to their website the NO NAIS group is opposing forced participation and protecting traditional rights to farm. Read more about the two sides at their websites and read the local release below.
For: Committee Substitute to HB 1842
An Act mandating that the state shall not establish or participate in an animal
HB 1842 sponsored by Representative Wallace Collins
Senate Author Kenneth Corn
Press Conference at:
11:30AM until 2:00PM. March 12th South Plaza of the Capitol
Wallace Collins submitted Committee Substitute to HB 1842 but the house leadership is not allowing it to be heard.
Don Grissom of Norman, a Wallace Collins constituent, asked him to support legislation to stop The National Animal Identification System from being implemented in Oklahoma.
Grissom says The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is a regulation written by and for the big food Corporations, like Cargill and Monsanto, to control the food supply, to their advantage. It will adversely affect the smaller operator and farmer, driving more farmers out of business and therefore weakening America.
But Speaker Cargill will not allow the bill to even be heard. He has made speeches about making the process more open and he turns around and denies an important bill, to so many of us. Is he working for us or Cargill and Monsanto? Where does his interest in this lie?
Sue Karber, of Kingfisher, a leader in the No NAIS movement in Oklahoma, Says The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is not voluntary as the USDA propaganda machine says it is. Ask Bonnie Jo Jameson.
Bonnie Jo Jameson of Webbers Falls says; Our 15 year old daughter has a market goat as her FFA project. She was FORCED to sign up through her FFA school program. I am furious. I called NAIS and they gave me the "story." OK NAIS is PAYING FFA $5 to $10 for every premise they sign up. The kids are supposed to go to their neighbors and get them to sign up.
My husband and I are outraged and contacted the school, Webbers Falls High School. The Ag teacher said the cards are REQUIRED for the kids to show their animals. The high school principal had never heard of NAIS and she owns horses and her young daughter has pigs.
Sue Karber says does that sounds like voluntary?
Grissom & Karber have called for a Press Conference and public rally on the south steps of the State Capitol to demonstrate to the House Leadership that the public, especially farmers, want this bill heard.
Grissom says If you eat, you should be there.
Speakers will include:
Rep. Wallace Collins, Rep. Dale Turner, Rep. Jerry McPeak
Senator Kenneth Corn, Attorney Harlan Hentges, Sierra Club Legislative Chair Dr. Charles Wesner, Rancher Bonnie Jo Jameson
More speakers to be announced
Contact: Don Grissom 405-822-4072 or Sue Karber 405-375-3595