Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14293

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Comment Number: AGW-14293

From: jbh1934@hotmail.com
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 12:17 AM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment


Jane B.Haugen
11303 S.Dogwood Lane
Woodway, WA 98020-6168


December 31, 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."

As an organic consumer, and an avid gardener I am particularly concerned
about Monsanto's control over the seed supply. How can corporate power be
legitimate in this ? Can this become the precedent in a democratic and
free market society.If  Americans are constrained by these policies-the
less developed nations and people on our planet don't stand a chance. 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
will.

But, 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.

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
Frankenseeds 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.  This is "Terrorism"
and I am terrorized thinking of the consequences for millions to benefit
the corporate few! 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, the foundation of human life, at least in the
marketplace, if not in the public domain where they truly belong.

Sincerely,


Jane B.Haugen
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Updated April 7, 2016

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