Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13398

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Comment Number: AGW-13398

Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 12:38 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment

Kimberly Smith
PO Box 43
Ojai, CA 93024-0043

December 28, 2009

US Department of Justice

Dear US Department of Justice:

Thank you all so much for this opportunity to submit comments in advance
of the Department of Justice's workshops on "Agriculture and Antitrust
Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy".

In my (albeit limited) time spent in the breadbasket of this country I
first learned of seed-saving from a friend's grandmother who, for her
entire life, has raised her own chickens and grown her own vegetables for
her, and her immediate and extended family's consumption.  Each year she
would save seeds from her crop and replant for the next year, each crop
being just as gorgeous and delicious as the very first.  She inspired me
to have a go at my own garden the following summer; not so easy a task at
8500 feet in the mountains of Colorado, but well worth the endeavour! 

This monopolizing of the agricultural industry by Monsanto goes against
every ideal of raising food for consumption.  We are slowly becoming a
mutant, more industrialized people by allowing genetically altered seeds
to dominate crops in the U.S.  I don't feel comfortable, safe or secure
eating the typical vegetables and fruits found in large supermarket chains
for I know they've either been grown with some type of Monsanto product,
or they have fallen victim to being down-wind from a Monsanto seeded and
treated 'farm'.  So I don't.  I purchase locally grown, organic, seasonal
vegetables and fruit that I am nearly confident have not been tainted by
the 'bad' science. 

In addition, the fact that Monsanto literally bullies U.S. farmers into
utilizing their product, and their product only, is so horribly wrong on
so many levels; the people of this country, the consumers of this 'food',
should have a definitive say (besides the volumes the mighty spending
dollar speaks) in what they are feeding to their families and who they are
supporting in doing so.

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.


Kimberly Smith

Updated April 7, 2016

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