Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13900

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Comment Number: AGW-13900

From: Alexis Pilialohaeku'upu'uwai Higginbotham
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 4:57 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops ; Archie Tew
Subject: Comments Regarding Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy

I am a ceramic sculptor who lives on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico. My husband and I raise our own vegetables but there are seasonal times when we have to buy from the grocery store and I can tell you I am very concerned with what we consumers are being offered. Food from large chain grocery stores tastes terrible. The food I get at local farmers' markets is always tastier and fresher, but they're also more expensive. I'd like to be able to get fresh, local food at my supermarket, but there doesn't seem to be a way for the small farmers to get their products into these big chains.

I am very concerned about the consolidation of power in the agricultural and food processing sectors, which is beneficial to the corporate giants, but is disastrous to us consumers. I am so darn tired of corporations getting all the breaks while real human beings suffer the consequences.

I am concerned that our food supply is not safe and it is inevitable that we continue to experience major outbreaks of food-borne illnesses.

I am concerned that food prices are set by just a few companies. I watch prices rise and there's nothing I can do about it because my food budget is stretched. I can't even imagine how difficult it is to feed a large family, considering how expensive it is just to feed my husband and myself. Healthy food should not be only for people who can afford it. 

Thank you for the opportunity to express my concern on this matter. I look forward to following this investigation in 2010.

Alexis Higginbotham
171 Silver Hills Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Updated April 7, 2016

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