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The Bottom Line of Tracking Livestock: The Money Behind the National Animal Identification System

By food & water watch

There are around 2.5 billion farm animals that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to track under the proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS). If and when this tracking system is put in place, it will mean two things:

1. A small number of private interests will make out big financially by supplying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tracking devices and software to livestock producers.

2. Small producers, unable to cope with the costly technology demands associated with animal tracking, could be forced to give up their farms and ranches — allowing major players like Cargill, Smithfield and Tyson to exercise an even greater control of meat production.1,2

For the time being, the animal tracking program is voluntary, though the USDA has invested more than $125 million in the last five years3 trying to create the support and infrastructure needed to advance a manda-tory NAIS for livestock. In particular, tracking cattle is a high priority for the agency because it is seen as a way to restore international confidence in American beef after the discovery of mad cow disease devastated the industry in 2003. Much of this money has gone toward register-ing farm premises where livestock are found throughout the United States into a central database, the first step in creating a national animal-tracking program.

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