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Comment Number: AGW-13325
|Sent:||Sunday, December 27, 2009 11:53 PM|
|Subject:||Comments Regarding Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy|
I'm a consumer, businessman and farmer in Jefferson County, IA.
I have seen first hand what the consolidation of corporate power in the food
and agriculture sector has done for communities, small farmers, consumers
and the environment.
Almost every week I read or hear about the degradation of our state's air
and water, about manure spills, about runoff from manure application during
winter, about the toxic materials and antibiotics in that fertilizer that
ends up in the ground, in crops, in rivers, and in the Gulf of Mexico.
It saddens me, almost as much as the forced elimination of small farmers -
the backbone of this country's food supply, almost as much as the rise of
disease and the death of rural communities because of the proliferation of
CAFOs throughout this state.
Many big food companies have made record profits this year -- even as
consumers are paying more for food, and yet farmers get less for their
The effects of corporate consolidation in the food industry are devastating.
It doesn't have to be this way.
I appreciate the opportunity to submit my comments.
Jeffrey P. Hedquist
P.O. Box 1475
Fairfield, IA 52556
1827 223rd Street
Libertyville, IA 52567