Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13329

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Comment Number: AGW-13329

From: Daren Black
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 12:22 AM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comments



Small family farms are the backbone of this country.  More needs to be done to protect and promote their welfare.  Giant corporate agribusiness has too much power and competes unfairly.  I would always rather go to a simple booth and buy direct from a smiling farmer the beautiful produce that they grow without any chemical fertilizer or pesticides and no dirty money subsidies. 

The amount of influence that chemical manufacturers have over how food is grown in this country is an abomination.  We don't need pesticides, pesticides are ruining our food, soil, air and water supplies.  There are many safe, inexpensive, natural alternatives to pesticides that would save our country a lot of money.  Why aren't we using them?  Because companies like Monsanto want to make a quick buck and they don't care who gets sick from the chemicals they sell.  There ought to be laws that prohibit the production, sale, distribution and use of dangerous chemicals such as pesticides.  These should be enacted at once. 

Another problem is that corruption and greed have promoted the idea of stopping farmers from saving seeds to grow healthy crops.  Seed saving has been around longer than anyone can remember.  Seed saving is a noble, virtuous, god-given activity and anyone against it is a corrupt, mean-spirited fool.  Don't they know that crop diversity creates stronger plants?  Hasn't anyone in Washington or in these too big for their britches corporations ever worked in a garden or farm, close to the land, close to nature, and dare

we say it, close to God????!

No former employee of a chemical co. or agribusiness concern should be allowed to be a government regulator. 
Corporate lobbying on behalf of wealthy companies needs to be seriously curtailed.

Please do something about these issues.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to comment.

Sincerely,

Daren Black

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