Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13546

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Comment Number: AGW-13546

From: aliceloyd@earthlink.net
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 9:38 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment


Alice Loyd
3415 Noel Ct
Raleigh, NC 27607-3346


December 28, 2009

US Department of Justice
 


Dear US Department of Justice:

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

As an organic gardener and consumer, I am particularly concerned about
Monsanto's control over the seed supply.

I've learned recently that Monsanto has gained control over as much as 90
percent of seed genetics. To put our food future at risk by giving a
for-profit corporation this much power over it is not only foolish but
unjust--and, I believe, illegal.  This is anti-competitive behavior that
skews markets and subjects consumers to high prices and farmers to loss of
income.

Not the least of the risks being posed is due to Monsanto's acquisition of
a diverse store of seed genetics, which they are only making available as
they succeed in genetically modifying them to be dependent on their
chemicals.

The centuries of labor, ingenuity and dedication invested by farmers to
cultivate and improve food crops is being bought up and put out of
commission by a company whose goal is to reduce food varieties to a few
pesticide-dependent genetically modified crops.

And because plants grown from these seeds cross-pollinate with organic and
traditional varieties, they are destroying these crops' unique
characteristics and infecting them with genetically engineered chemical
dependence or even "Terminator" or "Traitor" technology that renders seeds
sterile.

We should protect plant species from extinction or deliberate eradication
just as we protect animal species from extinction, especially our precious
food varieties.

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.

Sincerely,


Alice
919-781-0023


Updated April 7, 2016

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