Book Explores Threats to Family Farms

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In First They Came for the Cows: An Activist’s Story, Vermont farmer Sharon Zecchinelli has written a fictionalized account of her battle with federal farm regulations.


Zecchinelli’s target: the National Animal Identification System (NAIS)—a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that collects data on farm animals.

The book exposes how the USDA provides loopholes for massive industrial farms, favoring corporate operations at the expense of family farmers and consumers.

“Ordinary people should not be afraid to become activists when the government is doing something that they feel is wrong,” says Zecchinelli, who operates a 12-acre farm with her husband that focuses on fresh, organic foods—free of chemicals or genetically modified organisms.

Take a peek at her blog, Citizens United for Farm Freedom.

Top photo: Keven Law

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