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Comment Number: AGW-14175
|Sent:||Wednesday, December 30, 2009 4:02 PM|
|Attach:||Jeff Jensen - Comments Regarding Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy.docx|
"Comments Regarding Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st
December 30, 2009
Legal Policy Section
U.S. Department of Justice
450 5th Street, NW, Suite 11700
Washington, DC 20001
RE: "Comments Regarding Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our
21st Century Economy"
I am a Hazelnut farmer in North-Central IA and work for a non-profit on
sustainable agriculture issues related to alternative crops, ecological
services, and rural communities. I am pleased at the opportunity to express
my concern and frustration on this issue of agriculture consolidation. I
applaud the effort to investigate further and dig deeper into
anti-competitive practices of some of these large trans-national
corporations that are huge players in the food industry.
Consolidation of resources into fewer and fewer hands is detrimental to
efficient markets and natural laws of the production cycle. Furthermore it
facilitates economies of scale and unsustainable production systems (think
monoculture crops) that are the complete opposite of where we need to be
headed in an age of seemingly peak everything.
Nature is diverse and diffuse and our food and energy production system
needs to be as well. If the Heffernan Report (available at the Farmers
Union website) is any indication we are actually moving towards more
consolidation while we need to be moving in the opposite direction. Of
course, at some point the inevitable question must be raised; what are we to
do about it? I for one would support transparent, smart, and workable
limits on the consolidation of corporations and the undue influence they are
able to exert given their size.
Thank you for an opportunity to share my thoughts on this very important
issue and I look forward to following the issue into the New Year.