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Comment Number: AGW-14409
|Sent:||Thursday, December 31, 2009 2:00 PM|
|Subject:||Comments regarding Competition & Regulatory Issues in the US Agriculture Industry|
-- Food security: A single attack on (or contamination of) our food supply could bring our nation to its knees.
-- Public health: My tax dollars are paying to take care of health problems like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes that are directly linked to government support of agribusiness (which my tax dollars are also subsidizing).
Our current food system is unhealthy and unsustainable. The profit structure and incentives of large corporations are out of sync with positive nutritional and health objectives. As food and agricultural corporations have grown and consolidated, their lobbies have become ever more powerful, ultimately influencing every aspect of US agricultural policy, with consequences that are entirely detrimental to public health.
Consumers are to blame for choosing to buy and eat unhealthy food products, and government is to blame for subsidizing and supporting the current industrial food production system that makes it harder for healthier food producers to compete. I can choose to grow my own food, choose to shop at local farmers' markets, and choose to frequent restaurants that use locally and sustainably grown meats and produce (which taste better!), but not if agribusiness, aided by the government, puts those small local farmers out of business.