Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13242

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Comment Number: AGW-13242

Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2009 3:38 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment

Mary Beth Manolis
3744 Ault Park Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45208-1704

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 and CSA member, 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

In addition, 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
genetically modified seeds 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.


Mary Beth Manolis

Updated April 7, 2016

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