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Comment Number: AGW-13417
|Sent:||Monday, December 28, 2009 1:35 PM|
I am writing because I am concerned about the lack of competition in agricultural markets. I see one huge company, Monsanto, controlling the seeds,(limiting biodiversity), controlling the way farmers grow the seeds, (requiring them to sign contracts to buy RoundUp),adding to the degredation of the environment , harming wildlife and introducing potentially dangerous and irriversible genitic traits into the entire web of life from smallest to largest. I see no government oversight of this company. On the other hand, I see my elected representatives spouting the company myth that they are going to "feed the world". I see a revolving door between government oversight agencies and the industry they oversee. This is discouraging. I need to pay a huge premium to buy all my food organic to avoid the genetically adulterated items, the corn, soy, canola etc. that appear in most processsed foods and supplements. So, Monsanto and big ag rake in huge profits while small farmers struggle. Its the food produced by these small organic farms that I want it buy and it is very hard to find it. And isn't it rather telling that the Monsanto caffeteria does not offer any GMO foods?
Then there are the CAFOs polluting, abusing animals and overusing antibiotics and growth hormones. To avoid all of this I need to pay a huge promium for organic meat, and run all over town to find it.
Bottom line:, monopolies, as we are seeing them in food production threaten our lives and our long term food security
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to comment.