Food Stamps and Micro Chips

Food StampsWelfare, food stamp recipients could soon be required to get microchipped with RFID tags
by Ethan A. Huff (

For at least the past 15 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been actively trying to develop new ways to decrease fraud in the federal food stamp program, which currently covers nearly 50 million Americans and adds more than 10,000 new enrollees to its ranks every single day, according to reports. But one disconcerting method the agency appears to be considering involves the potential use of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips to track and identify food stamp recipients at the national level.

Two separate reports quietly issued by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service program back in 1999 reveal that the agency’s ultimate goal is to develop new tracking protocols that will supposedly improve the integrity of the food stamp program, also known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP). In both of these reports, the USDA explains how novel biometric identification technologies can help better verify the identities of food stamp recipients, and thus decrease fraud and “double-dipping.”

“Biometric identification technology provides automated methods to identify a person based on physical characteristics — such as fingerprints, hand shape, and characteristics of the eyes and face — as well as behavioral characteristics — including signatures and voice patterns,” reads the executive summary of one of the reports, entitled Introduction to Biometric Identification Technology: Capabilities and Applications to the Food Stamp Program.

Select states including California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey already employ biometric technologies like fingerprint identification, facial recognition, and even retina scans on the local and regional level, apart from a federal government mandate. But as pointed out by Brandon Turbeville over at Activist Post, this emerging roll-out of new biometric ID programs across the nation has been intentionally gradual so as not to raise too much negative attention about this encroaching violation of individual liberty and personal privacy.

Government pushing RFID as solution to fraud, waste

How does this all tie in with potential RFID chips? Part of this biometric paradigm that the USDA has embraced includes the use of RFID chips, which are already being embedded into credit cards and various other payment devices. Such technology is claimed to help reduce credit card fraud, which means it may be the logical next step for EBT, WIC, and other social welfare problems that are said to be heavily abused by criminals. This type of system is already in place throughout India, after all, where biometric ID cards were recently issued to all of the country’s 1.2 billion residents — and America appears to be next.

Paranoia - Sodahead“Like the Indian UID program, the roll-out of the American system will require fingerprinting of individuals receiving food stamps under the guise of reducing fraud,” writes Turbeville. “[L]ike the early status of the Japanese version of the UID, the Juki-Net, the emerging American system is currently being implemented on a state-wide or local basis (county or city), with no administration by the [federal government].”



11 comments on “Food Stamps and Micro Chips

  1. Sigh. Of course this article is not to advocate food stamps or welfare. It is to show how they use these tools to further enslave the slaves… uh citizens… uh people? Slaves. Some are just more enslaved than others. But for how long?

  2. Freedom, by the way says:

    While I agree there is a lot of fraud in our entitlement programs, micro-chipping human beings is NOT an acceptable solution. If we let the government microchip ANY citizen for ANY reason, it opens up the door for all of us to be enslaved and tracked. That’s why I hate the government mandate of all cars in the future (don’t know which model year) to have high-tech black boxes, I keep my GPS in my car turned off about 95% of the time and I refuse to participate on FaceBook. I already know the government has a database on me–like it has on all Americans–but I try to limit the access as much as possible.

    • Much appreciated. The fraud in the programs is planned. It is a tool used to force the real targets in a worse position, while those who could do better get a pass.
      As you know we are too late to stop the tracking. Mobile (cell) phones was the death of privacy. Indeed, you do what you can to keep the information gathering to a minimum. Until we find a way to mass scramble the signals.

  3. If I was in a situation where I needed government aid I think I would pass and do the best I could. I used to be one who said if you can get it from them, then by all means do that. But now, eff em’.

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