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Comment Number: AGW-13497
|Sent:||Monday, December 28, 2009 5:43 PM|
|Subject:||Public Comment on food monopolies and threats to food safety|
Dear Agricultural Workshops at the DOJ:
I am a writer and school volunteer in San Francisco. As someone who's
interested in community gardens, environmental justice, composting,
and eating delicious and nutritious food, I think about food issues a
lot. I'm very concerned about the consolidation of power in the
agricultural and food processing sectors, for a number of important
Our food supply is not safe. As we have seen over the past few years,
it's only a matter of time before a major outbreak of a food-borne
illness hits us again.
I feel completely powerless here.
In my small urban garden, I can only grow so much of my own food, and
while I shop at the local farmers' markets, it's not always possible —
and certainly not enough to keep me and my family safe from a massive
This powerlessness makes me feel like a sitting duck.
Food prices are set by just a few companies. I watch prices rise, and
there's nothing I can do about it. My food budget is stretched.
Finally, food from the large grocery stores tastes like nothing. I
heard groundbreaking urban farming entrepreneur and MacArthur genius
grant winner Will Allen speak recently. He said that much of the
imported food we eat is simply cellulose, and I believe it.
The food I get at local farmers' markets is always tastier and
fresher, but I don't always have time to go to them, and they're more
expensive. I'd like to be able to get fresh, local food at my
supermarket, but there doesn't seem to be a way for the small farmers
to get their products into these big chains.
Thank you for the opportunity to express my concern on this matter. I
look forward to following this investigation in the coming year.
San Francisco, CA