Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14438

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Comment Number: AGW-14438

From: lorre
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 3:07 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Corporate Control of the Food Supply

I applaud your effort to conduct the workshops regarding the agribusiness in our nation. 

I am an ordinary citizen, but I am continually affected in negative ways by large corporate farming interests.  Just a generation ago my entire maternal extended family were farmers. Now they are all out of business due to not being able to compete with large agribusiness controlled prices.  Locally many of my neighbor farmers have had very difficult times due to the same problems.

I am also concerned about the lack of biodiversity in large agribusness industries as well as genetically modified products, mass chemical fertilization that ruins soils and poisons water supplies, waste products that ruin soil and water resources and distribution systems that exclude variety in what I am able to buy locally.

Food security interests are not served by large corporations in our country at this time.  A large monoculture is vulnerable on too many levels for us to allow agribusiness to cotinue to dominate our food supply.

We need less concentration of control in the food supply, more local farms and processing plants and a better local food distribution system.  We need policy that does not disadvantage small local farming enterprises.

Please help turn around the control that large corporate interests have forged in order to cut off and strangle competition. It is too dangerous to continue if we are to fend off vulnerability from climate change, pollution of vital natural resources and economic weakening of local producers.

Lorre Smith
Albany, New York


Updated April 7, 2016

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