Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13964

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Comment Number: AGW-13964

From: Marina Mautner
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 9:10 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment on corporate control of America's food

I am a student in California and I am worried about the consolidation of
corporate power in the food and agriculture sector. While I generally
have access to local and organic produce in Santa Cruz, I see millions
of people around me who do not have that opportunity.

I feel that my food is not secure in the hands of those who are driven
by profit rather than concern for public and environmental health. I am
afraid that cancer rates will continue to rise as our produce remains
tainted by toxic chemicals. I am afraid that my children will not know
that food comes from the ground and is reliant upon the ecological
systems of the earth and not just a given at the grocery store. As
corporations maintain control over our food system we are plagued by
rapidly decreasing diversity in our food. Farmers are losing their
choice to plant what they want or what is best for the nation and are
moving toward what the corporation needs to stay in power.

Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments as this is a matter
that causes me great concern. This is our food and sustenance and it
needs to be ours not the corporations'.

Marina Mautner
730 Law St
San Diego CA 92109

Updated April 7, 2016

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