Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13468

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Comment Number: AGW-13468

From: The.Forest.Edge
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 4:27 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Agriculture and Antitrust

As a parent, nurse, and consumer, I am deeply concerned about corporate consolidation in the agricultural, processing, and supermarket sectors.

The profit structure and incentives of large corporations are distinctly misaligned with positive nutritional and health objectives. As food and agricultural corporations have grown and consolidated, their lobbies have become ever more powerful, ultimately influencing every aspect of US agricultural policy, with consequences that are entirely detrimental to public health. I strongly oppose my tax dollars subsidizing the production of corn syrup, for example, which is significantly contributing to the obesity crisis, which in turn requires even more of my tax dollars to address.

Additionally, I feel strongly about climate change. The carbon footprint of our well-traveled food (1500 miles from farm to plate, on average) is enormous, and seems like an inevitable byproduct of corporate concentration -- large corporations will always want to centralize production to create efficient economies of scale. There are certainly real benefits to efficiency and centralization in some sectors of the economy, but transporting tomatoes or beef or milk across the country, when it could be done just as well more regionally, doesn't make sense.

Thank you for the opportunity to express my views on this important matter. I will be following the hearings process in the coming year.
Linda Shaffer
Updated April 7, 2016

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