Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13042

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Comment Number: AGW-13042

From: rwhodge@embarqmail.net
Sent: Saturday, December 26, 2009 8:33 AM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment


Ray Hodge
102 Indian Kettle Rd
Jarvisburg, NC 27947-9411


December 26, 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 farmer, and supplier of clean healthy food to real people, I
am desperate about the control Monsanto has over the seed supply, we
should not allowed the patenting and private ownership of life forms, God
gave us all so that we may all flourish on thei earth, not just mega
corporations that think they can own everything, I am affraid so many
kinds of plants will become unavailable, or extinct. As an organic
consumer, I am particularly concerned about Monsanto's control over the
seed supply.

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
will.

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.

Sincerely,


Ray Hodge


Updated April 7, 2016

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