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Comment Number: AGW-14201
From: Travis Ree Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 5:54 PM To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops Subject: comment Attach: Wd0000000.wps
“Comments Regarding Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy”
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”
My name is Travis Ree and I live in Nevada IA and would like to weigh in on the issue of consolidation in the agriculture industry. I’ll be brief with my comments and points.
#1 – We obviously have consolidation (Heffernan Report available at http://www.nfu.org/wp-content/2007-heffernanreport.pdf) in several areas of the food industry that may border on outright monopolies, and if not technically monopolies, certainly consolidated enough to exert influence in anti-competitive ways. So simply stated how in any twisted economic logic is this good for consumers, producers, or society in general?
#2 — Again citing the Heffernan Report, consolidation in several sectors of the food production and distribution system has been a long-term trend and, particularly in the case of animal agriculture, coupled to the advent of CAFO’s in my mind proving that vertical integration is a means by which to facilitate this consolidation. Again, how is this good for consumers, producers, and society at large?
#3 — America was founded on the ideal of opportunity and rule of law. Unfortunately I see opportunity being suppressed and lost because we don’t have the enforcement of the rule of law. I encourage you to investigate, dig deep to uncover the facts, and then hold those accountable for actions or practices perpetrated.