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Comment Number: AGW-13176
|Sent:||Sunday, December 27, 2009 2:58 AM|
223 N Guadalupe St #250
Santa Fe, NM 87501-1868
December 27, 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 and manipulation of the seed supply.
By buying seed companies and aggressively patenting life, Monsanto has
gained control over as much as 90 percent of seed genetics. Under any
other business circumstances, this would not only be considered
anti-competitive behavior that skews markets, but an out-right monopoly
that eliminates fair, free-market competition and subjects farmers and
consumers to the unchecked power of a company that can raise prices at
It is unacceptable that they genetically modify seeds and stop farmers
from harvesting their own crop's seed for the following planting season.
Who, under any circumstances, gives Monsanto that kind of power?
I do not want to eat chemically dependent or sprayed foods, especially
from sprays that use precious oil to manufacture. Monsanto has acquired a
diverse store of seed genetics, yet they are only making available a few
seeds that are genetically modified to be dependent on their chemicals.
This is NOT free-trade by any definition of the word, nor free enterprise
for those of us that don't want to be forced to eat modified "products"
that have little or no nutritional value or environmental sustainability
due to Monsanto's genetic modifications.
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. A diversity
of plants and seeds assures that we will always have food, no matter what
unexpected disasters come as each crop holds a unique blue-print, just
like people and animals do, for survival and adaptability under different
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.