Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14047

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Comment Number: AGW-14047

From: Hagood, Charlotte Amanda
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 9:46 AM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comments Regarding Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy

To Whom It May Concern,

I am a teacher of literature and Vanderbilt University and have long been
involved with the community gardening movement in Nashville, Tennessee.
Though it might at first be difficult to see the connection between these
two parts of my life, I believe that the issues of where our food comes
from and how we understand our relationship to the land and people who
provide our food point us to the same kinds of important moral and ethical
questions that my classes explore in the great works of literature. Our
food is, in a way, our humanity.

As such, I am deeply concerned about the consolidation of corporate power
in the food and agriculture sector. In my work, I have witnessed too many
young people growing up without access to fresh, healthy foods, without
any practical knowledge of how food gets to the table, and without the
skills needed to grow and cook their own food. Food is such a vital part
of family, community, and culture--how can we expect young people who grow
up without good, nourishing food to become productive citizens if we leave
them no room at our shared table? The consolidation of corpoprate power in
our food system not only threatens their access to nutritious food, but to
the kind of social nutrition that fresh, healthy food can provide.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to express my views, and for all the
work you do.

Amanda Hagood
Vanderbilt University
Nashville Urban Harvest

1915 B Sweetbriar Ave
Nashville, TN 37212

Charlotte Amanda Hagood
Graduate Instructor
Vanderbilt University
Email: charlotte.a.hagood@Vanderbilt.Edu

Updated April 7, 2016

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