Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14125

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Comment Number: AGW-14125

Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 2:17 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Concern for the safety of our food now and in our children's future

Brandy Walters
116 Holly Leaf Lane
Lexington, SC 29072-7489

December 30, 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."

I am particularly concerned about Monsanto's control over the seed supply
and GMO labeling.

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

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. 

Furthermore, the foods containing GMOs are not labeled as such which means
there is no traceability of the health consequences of these foods, and no
option to avoid them for the safety and health of us and our children.

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 GM seeds
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.

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, in the public domain where they truly belong,
and please support mandatory labeling of GM foods.


Brandy Walters

Updated April 7, 2016

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