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Comment Number: AGW-13183
|Sent:||Sunday, December 27, 2009 8:53 AM|
3293 Hwy 62 W
Berryville, AR 72616-8947
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 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
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. And no
one should be allowed to patent life. All past patents should be revoked.
This is how Monsanto makes it so that seeds must be bought instead of
using your own last year's seeds. Once again, Monsanto is showing
Americans that PROFIT is their only concern, not ecology and good health
as it should be.
Watch the documentary, THE FUTURE OF FOOD, for great insight regarding
this issue. I do NOT want to eat genetically modified foods, yet
corporations have floaded our marketplaces without being properly labeled
as such. Could this be why cancer and autism are now so prevalent?
And high fructose corn syrup is as toxic to our bodies as alcohol use but
without the buzz according to recent research. We must pass laws to
immediately stop food manufacturers from using HFCS for the better health
And aspartame, the sweetner, also needs to be eliminated from use due to
it's neurologic damaging effects. Go to ASPARTAMEKILLS.COM for details
and watch the documentary, SWEET MISERY: A Poisoned World (I believe is