Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13021

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Comment Number: AGW-13021

Sent: Friday, December 25, 2009 11:03 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment

Sara Frame
6800 26th ave ne
seattle, WA 98115-7137

December 25, 2009

US Department of Justice

Dear US Department of Justice:

"Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy."

For your workshop, I would like to submit comments about Monsanto. Seeds
are a right to life and a private corporation is taking away that right
from farmers and ordinary people.

I spoke with indigenous farmers in India and Tanzania about how they were
losing control over their crops because of the piracy actions of Monsanto.
Their seeds had been "polluted" by the cross-pollination of genetically
engineered crops nearby, and had been bullied with the potential of suit
because now these unwanted seeds had pollinated in their fields, violating
Monsanto's patent.

Another concern these farmers had was that if they used the "Round-Up
Ready" crops, they had to spend a lot of money on fertilizers and were not
allowed to decide not to, as it is stipulated in the rules of Monsanto's
products. Furthermore, their ability to save seeds for the next year's
harvest would be completely gone due to the terminator genes in the crops.

Not only do these practices disrupt traditions, knowledge of health, and
culture passed on generation to generation, it increases food insecurity
for those producers who no longer have food to rely upon if they cannot
earn money. They are income less as well as starving.  These are some of
the reasons why 80% of small food producers are food insecure themselves.
We need to address global hunger by stopping the dangerous practices of
Monsanto and other huge monopolizing agro-businesses.

Thanks you for your time and I hope that you work hard to help address
world hunger in these small ways.


Sara Frame

Updated April 7, 2016

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