Blackberry sunning herself with Dawn, one of our ducks catching a few rays herself
Ah lookie that face. Basically telling me to get lost. Alright I’ll leave you to sunbathe in peace
A few of the urban homestead’s chickens hanging out together.
Our Belgian Bantie – Estella.
Whatcha looking at?
Nap time for the duckies
Now preening time
Perching on an old chair but for how long…
Fairlight doesn’t like that she not in any of the photos yet. “Hey, lady what about me!”
Um, Fairlight I don’t think putting your head there is such a good idea. I know you want them off YOUR chair but….
Now that we had a bit of photo fun with the our menagerie of citified farm animals there some serious issues in the future of small farm animals. One one side we have the big M (Monsanto) taking over the seeds and then the USDA taking over the animals. Our future food security and sovereignty is at stake.
Via Organic Consumers Association
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been working for over five years to force a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) onto American animal owners. NAIS is designed to identify and track each and every individual livestock and poultry animal owned by family farmers, hobby farmers, homesteaders, and pet owners across the country.
USDA claims that NAIS is a disease tracking program, but has refused to provide any support for its claims.
In reality, NAIS will:
Create expensive and time-consuming tagging and reporting requirements for small farms. The requirements are particularly burdensome for those farmers raising sustainable livestock on pasture. Ultimately, this will reduce the availability of grass-fed meats, eggs, and milk.
Give factory confinement farms a loophole through the use of group identification, providing yet another unfair advantage for factory farms.
Not provide any information to the consumer, and does not improve food safety, because the tracking ends with the animal’s death.
Replace states’ existing, well-functioning disease response and brand inspection programs with an unproven, expensive, and unreliable system.
Impose high costs and government surveillance on every farmer and animal owner for no significant benefits, and will likely force many small producers out of business.
NAIS Threatens Access to Organic, Local and Sustainable Food
Under the current plans, each animal would have to be identified and physically tagged, in many cases with radio frequency tags or microchips. Factory farms would be able to identify whole groups of animals with one number, but most regular farmers, ranchers and individuals would have to identify each animal individually. “Events” in the animal’s life would required reporting to the database within 24 hours. The information in the database would be kept by state government or private companies, while the federal government would have the right to access this data as it deems necessary.