Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13214

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Comment Number: AGW-13214

Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2009 1:23 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment

Iris Wolfe
822 Prescott Heights Drive
Prescott, AZ 86301-1420

December 27, 2009

US Department of Justice

Dear US Department of Justice:

The following is the concern written by the Organic Consumers Assoc., an
organization which I have supported for years.  My words are pretty
simple, perhaps not very polite, but certainly heartfelt.Montsanto and
those if its ilk are a bad lot.  In trying to control the seed market, as
one small "for instance", they have brought destruction on thousands of
poor farmers in India who bought in to their "program" without
understanding it fully.  Many of these farmers have committed suicide as a
result of failure of cotton crops.  It is reminiscent of Nestle's infant
formula sold throughout Africa to simple people as adequate for their
newborns, which of course it wasn't.  Many babies died and a worldwide
boycott of Nestle products resulted.  Same old issue.  Corporate Wolf
pretending to be Grandma.  Personally, I feel like the Queen -- "Off with
their heads!"  Now onto the polite words of the OCA.....

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.


Iris Wolfe

Updated April 7, 2016

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