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Comment Number: AGW-13848
|Sent:||Tuesday, December 29, 2009 2:38 PM|
|Subject:||Monsanto Is Out of Control|
2000 Woodlawn Drive
Medford, OR 97504-7676
December 29, 2009
US Department of Justice
Dear US Department of Justice:
This is in hopes that our government will at last take action to stem the
coercive practices and onerous activities of Monsanto to litigate family
farmers into a corner, forcing them to cave to Monsanto's business model
of GMO-only crops.
Thank you for this opportunity to comment in advance of the Department of
Justice's workshops on "Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in
Our 21st Century Economy."
As an organic consumer, I am very concerned about Monsanto's control of
the seed supply and aggressive litigation against any farmer who still
wishes to grow non-GMO crops or organic crops.
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
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. And if that's not
destructive enough in the long term to humanity, Monsanto takes the
short-term action to prosecute those farmers out of their livelihood if
they dare grow non-Monsanto crops and those crops become cross-pollinated
by Monsanto's GMO monsters.
We are in danger. Our planet is in danger. 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. There is only one word to describe what
Monsanto is doing. It is evil.
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.