Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14121

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Comment Number: AGW-14121

From: Luane Todd
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 1:51 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Statement on the investigation of Monsanto for anticompetitive behavior:

Dear Sirs:
My name is Luane Todd. I live in Harrison, AR.
I am a retired grass farmer (cattle producer) and supporter of the local food initiatives currently being implemented around the country.
I am concerned that Monsanto's control of life genes in the form of seeds and their implicated control of production of food in general by way of the built-in pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer requirements attached to their lines presents a serious threat to the ability of people in the United States and around the world to feed themselves at a price they can afford.
I see the same thing happening in the agriculture sector that we are seeing in the financial sector:
the people who created the problems are being put in positions in the current administration's Department of Agriculture where they will continue to restrict the rights of farmers and gardeners to pursue food production independently.
It is past time to stop putting Monsanto mouthpieces in positions of authority.
I hope your investigations will proceed a bit faster than the stated time line given the pending confirmation of more Monsanto-friendly people to positions of influence.
I plan to participate in at least one of your scheduled workshops, probably in Iowa in March.
I look forward to being part of the solution.
To quote Henry Kissinger in 1970:
"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world."
I don't want any corporation or group of corporations in a position to control people with food.
Luane Todd
620 N. Rowland
Harrison, AR 72601

Updated April 7, 2016

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