Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13802

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Comment Number: AGW-13802

From: Gregory Smith
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 1:55 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Corporate control of our food


Hello, my name is Greg Smith and I am a gardener who is concerned
about how our food is coming under control of corporations.

With the consolidation of corporate power over our food, I am becoming
more concerned over what I am able to feed my family.

My first concern is that food borne illness like E. Coli seems to be
on the rise.  With more and more food being processed in the huge
factories, it is much easier for contamination to spread.

Secondly, I'm worried about contaminating the environment with
genetically modified organisms.  It terrifies me to think about the
potential health risks that could surface due to these GMO foods
entering the food stream.

My largest concern is about the seeds that I am able to purchase for
my own garden.  I have a moral objection to tampering with genetics.
Because of this objection, I will not purchase my seeds from anyone
that also markets genetically modified seeds.  Because of the buying
spree that companies like Monsanto have gone on, my choices are
limited even further.  Last year, Monsanto purchased Seminis, this is
one of the largest suppliers of organic seeds.  This means that I can
no longer purchase seeds from Johnnyç—´, Territorial, Fedco, Nicholç—´,
Rupp, Osborne, Snow, and Stokes.

It will just be a matter of time before people with moral or religious
objections to tampering with Mother Nature's creations have no choice
but to buy from these companies.

Thank you for giving the little guy a chance to speak out about this
subject.  This matter has been ignored for too long because of the
money and lobbyists that these companies are able to throw at the
issue.

Greg Smith
3253 Ady Road
Street, MD 21154

Updated April 7, 2016

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