Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13963

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Comment Number: AGW-13963

From: Mary Ann Baclawski
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 9:09 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: biotech and food corporation control of the US food system

    I have been concerned about the increasing power that large corporations seem to be wielding over our national food supply.  I am concerned as a gardener and a consumer. 
I have been concerned about many issues in this area.
1)  I am not convinced that GMOs are as healthy and beneficial as we have been told.  I don't think they're evil.  But I do think that a) more research should have been done and should still be done about their safety before unleashing them on the world, b) I should have labeling on my food so that I know when a genetically modified ingredient is present, so I can make an informed choice, c) farmers should be able to grow their crops and seeds without worrying about cross-contamination with GMO plants, d) large corporations should not have long term monopolies on any food, GMO or hybrid, e) GMOs should give definite genetic advantages to the new plants produced, not just allow companies to sell more pesticides in tandem with the new GMO products.
2)  I am concerned that large seed or other agricultural product monopolies will reduce competition and make some heritage foods unable to compete and thus disappear.
3)  I am concerned that large agricultural companie receive the bulk of Us agricultural aid and not the small farms that agricultural subsidies were originally designed to benefit.
    I am thrilled that the new US administration actually seems to be concerned about issues surrounding our food supply.  I am thrilled that the White House now has its own vegetable garden and is spearheading an effort to help kids and all Americans eat in a healthier and more sustainable manner.  I am thrilled that the Agriculture department is doing more to help small farmers, especially by supporting farmers' markets.  Letting food stamps be used at such venues is definitely a step in the right direction.  I look forward to more initiatives by the current administration and our government.  Please don't let me down.
Mary Ann Baclawski
1887 Park Avenue, Ne
Salem, OR  97301
Updated April 7, 2016

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