Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13225

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Comment Number: AGW-13225

From: Amy
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2009 2:22 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: My concerns about agriculture and antitrust enforcement in this economy

I'm a parent, gardener, and previous editor for agriculture
publications. I have been concerned for about 10 years now about the
increasing monopoly that a few global corporations have over our
food-production and supply system. I'm concerned about the security of
food and clean water for my children and future generations in this
country and worldwide. Reliance on too few crops and farming practices
that degrade the land and water supply are simply unsustainable
practices that cannot continue to provide nutritious food for future
generations. Large industrial farms and consolidated buyers have
provided us with less freedom of choice. When farmers are reliant on
only a couple of companies to provide their seed and fertilizer,
insecurity is built into our food-supply system. The industrialized,
corporate-controlled farming system that we have today in the United
States does not serve its people well enough nor is it a model that is
flexible enough for our future need.

It's ironic that we have to pay a premium price for fresh nutritious
food that tastes good, when in other countries such as Spain, fresh
nutritious vegetables and fruit at low prices is standard fare. It was
strange to have to explain to my friends when I was visiting there
that it's cheaper for people in the U.S. to buy processed, packaged,
less-nutritious food -- that buying avocados, grapes, or olive oil,
for example, is a luxury for many people even though we grow those
items in the U.S.

Thank you for the opportunity to express my concern on this matter. I
look forward to following this investigation in the coming year.

Amy Knutson

26 Denmark Loop
Silverton, OR 97381

Updated April 7, 2016

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