Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13687

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Comment Number: AGW-13687

Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 12:43 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment

Gloria Timlinson
1701 Broadway
Vancouver, WA., WA 98663

December 29, 2009

US Department of Justice

Dear US Department of Justice:

I AM VERY CONCERNED about GM Foods, because it is causing people miserable
allergic reactions! Whenever I get ahold of GM Corn....I have "Diarrhea


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


Gloria Timlinson

Updated April 7, 2016

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