Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13692

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Comment Number: AGW-13692

From: Joanne
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 1:03 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Fw: Need for food supply reform


----- Original Message -----
From: Joanne
To: agricultural workshops@usdoj.gov
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 12:48 PM
Subject: Need for food supply reform

 
     Gentlepeople:
     I am a 68 year-old woman raised on a small farm who had a career in food as hospital dietitian, caterer, corporate test kitchen manager (Standard Brands, Inc. which was then the largest-- but not the only --competitor of General Foods), recipe developer for Ladies Home Journal, McCall's, Woman's Day and Family Circle.  I am writing out of my deep concern for what's happened to our food supply in terms of its safety, its being controlled by corporate power, and about the fact that healthy food is becoming less and less available and more and more unaffordable. 
      It is wrong that huge, powerful corporations are producing low quality food which is distributed in an unjust way, and where workers are treated unfairly.  It is also wrong that they behave in such a way as to make it impossible for smaller producers to compete with them.  The anti-competitive laws presently on the books must be enforced so that the playing field is leveled, Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland being two of the largest bad actors on this playground.  And the revolving door of government regulators and corporate lobbyists must be stopped.  I am also concerned over the genetic modification of seeds, the fact that we don't know whether we're consuming food grown from such seeds, that Monsanto has created such a monster, and that we have been powerless against them.  Also enraging is the fact that for a brief time we knew whether the milk we were drinking contained growth hormone, and then poof! that all went away when the lobbyists got anti-consumer labelling in place. 
     Kudos to Attorney General Holder for taking action on this most basic of all issues.  I pray that he and others involved in this most urgently needed reform movement will be successful. The almighty dollar is no good to any of us if we are sick and dying, and a society comprised of unhealthy people cannot be great, powerful, or even viable. 
 
Sincerely yours,
Joanne Borkoski
1677 Major's Path
Southampton, NY 11968
Updated April 7, 2016

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