|Sent: ||Friday, December 18, 2009 11:23 PM|
|To: ||ATR-Agricultural Workshops <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Subject: ||Monsanto is absolutely unacceptable!|
138 Hunter Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503-1528
December 18, 2009
US Department of Justice
Dear US Department of Justice:
Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments in advance of the
Department of Justice's workshops on "Agriculture and Antitrust
Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy."
As an organic consumer, I am particularly concerned about Monsanto's
control over the seed supply. As a member of a farming community I am
appalled that Monsanto is getting away with criminal acts.
By buying seed companies and aggressively patenting life, Monsanto has
gained control over as much as 90 percent of seed genetics. This is
anti-competitive behavior that skews markets and subjects farmers and
consumers to the unchecked power of a company that can raise prices at
But, my main concern is that, while Monsanto has acquired a diverse store
of seed genetics, they are only making available a few seeds that are
genetically modified to be dependent on their chemicals.
The vast bounty of food crops that farmers have cultivated and improved
upon over the last 10,000 or so years should not be allowed to be bought
up and put out of commission by a company bent on whittling down food
varieties to a few pesticide-dependent genetically modified crops.
The most devious part of Monsanto's business model is that their
Frankenseeds can cross-pollinate with organic and traditional varieties,
destroying their unique characteristics and infecting them with
genetically engineered chemical dependence or even "Terminator" or
"Traitor" technology that renders seeds sterile, a literal death sentence
for seeds maintained through conventional breeding.
The same way we protect animal species from extinction, we should protect
plant species, especially the tens of thousands of food varieties, from
companies like Monsanto that are consciously eliminating them.
I urge you to please include in your investigation a consideration of the
importance keeping seeds, the foundation of human life, at least in the
marketplace, if not in the public domain where they truly belong.
I personally do not want to eat genetically modified foods, but it is
quickly becoming reality that those are going to be the only food choices
available. We do not know what that will do to our physical systems and I
do not want to be a guinnea pig while everyone is finding out that they
may be more toxic than originally thought.
For 15 years I could not have children, even though my mother conceived
quickly and easily and had 4 children. My grandmother's also had no
difficulties. Yet all 4 of the women in my generation had difficulties.
Can we blame this on GMO's? Some research says yes. Not having children
and not being able to conceive is incredibly painful, if this is the
cause, please do not let it perpetuate.