Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13440

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Comment Number: AGW-13440

From: John Mitchell
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 2:51 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Public comments on Monsanto and the consolidation of power in the agricultural industry


As a consumer, I am concerned about the consolidation of corporate power
in the food and agriculture sector. In the past few years, we have seen
the detrimental consequences of consolidation of power in the financial
sector, where the unchecked quest for profit without regard to the
long-term consequences for society led to the near-collapse of our
economy. If control over something as fundamental to life as our food
supply is similarly consolidated into the hands of a few private
corporations, we can expect a similar degree of suffering to be
inflicted upon Americans, as well as citizens of other countries.

There have been many news articles over the years reporting on
Monsanto's anti-competitive practices, both within and outside the U.S.
These reports give the clear impression that Monsanto's goal is to
acquire as much control as possible over food production, regardless of
the harm done to local farmers and to the citizens of the U.S. and other
countries (such as those in rural Mexico).

Our government needs to regulate the large agribusinesses that dominate
the food industry in order to prevent the reckless manipulation of the
agricultural economy for the sole sake of increasing profits. We should
in fact be promoting localization of food production and distribution as
an important component of an effort to make our economy less vulnerable
to the predations of large corporations such as Monsanto, whose past
behavior displays a rapacious greed and a monstrous indifference to the
well-being of the people.

Thank you for providing the opportunity to comment on this important topic.

Sincerely,
John Mitchell
1106 Wotan Drive
Encinitas, California 92024
Phone: (760) 230-1910

Updated April 7, 2016

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