Is the US government for us or against us?

Can the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
protect us?

 

It would indeed be great if all states complied with NEPA
regulations. I wonder how long it would take for the lawyers and other reptiles
to empty all the budgets fighting things in court. Remember the zero emissions
vehicle (ZEV) mandate by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in who
killed the electric car
? The federal government stepped in with the
petroleum industry to overturn that plan by suing the state. Now we have
genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) winning with the help of Secretary of
Agriculture Tom Vilsack in court battles to allow planting of invasive species,
that we have no idea of the dangers of, to plant without any environmental
impact statements or assessments because it is the policy of this nation to
replace real food in the supermarket with processed alternatives.

This brings up an issue of whose idea of negative
consequences will be used to approve projects. There are some (republicans?)
that feel it is better to pollute and make profits than to let the common folk
have their small farms and real food.

And hold on to your hat… the very good regulations can
so easily be manipulated in favor of big business. If you have a small dairy
you cannot sell raw milk because the FDA says it is toxic. It is now required
by the EPA to file an immediate emergency response plan for spilled milk
because it contains natural oils. For small dairies that will cost thousands
which is a burden. For big corporations they can file one plan spread across
several farms and the cost becomes negligible (Whittington, 2011). Tagging
livestock with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is supposed to
track and contain disease outbreaks. For small ranches and individuals that
means purchasing several registered tags causing financial burden. For large
factory farms only one tag per location is needed. That could be 100,000
chickens per tag that carries over to future generations of birds as long as
they stay in that warehouse. It is the monoculture high density living
conditions of those farms that causes disease outbreaks in the first place (Alterman,
n.d.).

These are the results of letting city born politicians
that rely on often manipulated for agenda scientific document data sheets,
instead of farmers, decide what is safe for the environment. One hundred years
ago farmers grew all the food, medicine, fiber, and fuel for this nation
producing wealth from the land that made its way back to the farms and rural
populations. Now pharmaceutical corporations with shareholders control all of
the medicine. Doctors have decided that women no longer have the knowledge or
ability to birth babies so pregnancy is a multi-billion dollar industry instead
of a natural act of life.

Hemp fiber for ropes and cord used to be a cash crop that
could easily become a sustainable source of paper pulp of better quality and
less of a pollutant during processing than trees, which although renewable take
several years to replace instead of every season for hemp. As a textile fiber,
hemp could replace cotton which accounts for over 50% of the chemical pesticide
use in agriculture today to become a clean non polluting source of clothing.

Hemp based ethanol may not be the solution to petroleum
fuel dependency but instead of subsidizing large corporations to disrupt world economies
with artificial corn pricing we could bring a better income producing alternative
to local farms.

Food that used to come from farms is now replaced with
processed substitutes manufactured in factories with the aid of government
regulations to prevent a farmer from growing healthy food.

It would appear that the regulations are stacked in favor
of large corporations that have no responsibility to the population yet have
voting rights in international conferences because our elected representatives
have given them the status of individuals without the responsibilities
associated with that status. As private citizens we do not have that status but
are burdened by the responsibility through regulations that do not apply to a “necessary”
business that receives bailouts and stimulus benefits should it start to fail
the way ordinary citizens do.

Alterman, T. (n.d.). Government program seeks to tag every livestock animal
in

the US. [Article]. Retrieved April 22,
2011, from

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/2006-04-01/

Government-Program-Seeks-to-Tag-EVERY-Livestock-Animal-in-the-US.aspx

Whittington, M. (2011, February 5). EPA to regulate milk spills just like
oil

spills [News article]. Retrieved from http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/

20110205/pl_ac/7790580_epa_to_regulate_milk_spills_just_like_oil_spills_1

 

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