Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14076

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Comment Number: AGW-14076

From: Benjamin Gorman
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 11:21 AM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment


Dear DOJ:

I'm writing to express my extreme concern about the present, highly 
monopolized state of agribusiness in America. Recent years have seen 
the continuing consolidation of agribusiness interests and the 
aggressively anti-competitive practices of enormous corporate 
interests, such as Monsanto, against small farms and farmers. This 
consolidation and legal aggression can only end in tragedy for all 
Americans as we move toward profit-driven, megacorporate control of 
food growing, production, and distribution; the results will (and in 
some cases already do) include:

- reduced competition
- higher prices and/or price fixing
- loss of businesses and employment for small-holder farms
- increased use of monoculture farming practices, resulting in 
increased vulnerability of the food supply to pest and disease vectors
- loss of agricultural diversity, as giant corporations build profit 
by reducing variables (including grown varieties)
- increased use of GMOs, with unforeseeable biological consequences
- loss of topsoil to increasingly mechanized farming methods
- decrease of soil quality and fertility to chemical fertilizer 
dependency
- increased pollution of groundwater and surface water from chemical 
fertilizer runoff

One could go on, but these problems, which are already occurring, 
should be warning enough that the ongoing agribusiness consolidation 
trend must be stopped before we all pay a higher price than we can 
bear, in more ways than at the market.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Gorman

81 E. Duncan St.
Columbus, OH 43202

Updated April 7, 2016

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