Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13598

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Comment Number: AGW-13598

From: docoutofthebox@msn.com
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 2:13 AM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment


Gerry Lehrburger
1639 Jackson Rd
Ashland, OR 97520-9617


December 29, 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 consumer,and medical doctor, I am particularly concerned
about Monsanto's control over the seed supply of our food and medicine.

Our medicines come from the earth. Only in eating a sound and balanced
diet are we assured healthy minds and bodies. In prevention and through
the consumption for foods grown from heirloom seed stock, the country is
equipped with its least expensive health insurance plan and health benefit
package. Disease and the demand for expensive medications diminishes, as
we learn to eat healthier and more diverse diets. 

Monsanto is removing genetic material from our reaches. Removing Nature's
seed bank is the final straw for humankind. Please focus your attention on
the big picture, and not the deepest pockets. Very life depends upon your
ability to grasp the concept that our fragile biosphere depends upon
genetic diversity.

By buying seed companies and aggressively patenting life, Monsanto has
gained control over as much as 90 percent of seed genetics. This is
anti-competitive behavior that skews markets and subjects farmers and
consumers to the unchecked power of a company that can raise prices at
will.

But, my main concern is that, while Monsanto has acquired a diverse store
of seed genetics, they are only making available a few seeds that are
genetically modified to be dependent on their chemicals.

The vast bounty of food crops that farmers have cultivated and improved
upon over the last 10,000 or so years should not be allowed to be bought
up and put out of commission by a company bent on whittling down food
varieties to a few pesticide-dependent genetically modified crops.

The most devious part of Monsanto's business model is that their
Frankenseeds can cross-pollinate with organic and traditional varieties,
destroying their unique characteristics and infecting them with
genetically engineered chemical dependence or even "Terminator" or
"Traitor" technology that renders seeds sterile, a literal death sentence
for seeds maintained through conventional breeding.

The same way we protect animal species from extinction, we should protect
plant species, especially the tens of thousands of food varieties, from
companies like Monsanto that are consciously eliminating them.

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,


Gerry Lehrburger, MD
541-601-9935


Updated April 7, 2016

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