Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13886

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Comment Number: AGW-13886

Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 4:02 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Effects of Corporate Food Control

To Department of Justice:

Corporate control of the food supply affects every person who eats. Corporations exist to create profit, to maximize profits, to increase profits, and to grow their market share. Corporations exist primarily to make money. Corporations make their decisions based on profits. What is profitable is often times not what is good for people, animals, or the planet. Corporations act in their own interest in order to survive and grow. 

Decisions and policies about food should be made by organizations which exist primarily to make informed decisions about food--organizations which make their decisions based on maximizing the benefit to people, to animals, and to the planet. Those making decisions about food and food policy should be unbiased. They should make their decisions based on unbiased information, ethics, integrity, and good will. They should not be swayed by corporate interests, money, or lobbying.

Corporations exist to make profits, not altruistic decisions.

People today have busy lives and they don't have as much time to tend food gardens or prepare home-cooked meals. People rely on corporations that sell food products. When I am on campus at college all day, I have to eat corporate food. Very, very few choices are truly healthy or good for my body. The peanut butter has trans fats added to solidify it at room temperature, the snacks have preservatives, the drinks have high-fructose corn syrup in them, and so on. All of these additives and ingredients are examples of decisions corporations have made about their food products in order to increase profits. Corporations decide to use trans fats, preservatives, and high-fructose corn syrup even though they are not good for people. They decide to use them because it increases profits. 


Brooke Lewis
Updated April 7, 2016

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