Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13982

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Comment Number: AGW-13982

From: yudotcalm@hotmail.com
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 10:43 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment


Meenakshi Key
475 N Main
Ashland, OR 97520-1770


December 29, 2009

US Department of Justice
 


Dear US Department of Justice:

Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments 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 particularly concerned about Monsanto's
control over the seed supply.

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
will.

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. Seeds that are grown
in a particular region adapt to the growing conditions of a particular
area and enhance the food and productivity for the people. Terminator
seeds endanger the worlds food supply and should be wiped off the planet
now.

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.

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.
 I personally boycott Monsanto and buy organic. What Monsanto is doing to
the planet, humanity and all of life is grossly unethical

Sincerely,


Meenakshi Key


Updated April 7, 2016

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