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Comment Number: AGW-13186
|Sent:||Sunday, December 27, 2009 10:08 AM|
Lisa Z. Ter Kuile
10534 County Rd CC
La Jara, CO 81140-9564
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.
When I heard that Monsanto had bought the biggest seed companies, several
years ago, it made my hair stand on end. To me it is like taking our
future hostage, a single company has the power to do what they want with
the basis of our food supply/production. They can make what they want
available, they are in control, it's insane. Where are the regulators who
are supposed to protect all of us in this "democracy"? This is a
monopoly and a very threatening one. This is the Dr. Frankenstein of our
times, why is our government willing to look the other way?????
Lisa Z. ter Kuile