Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14502

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Comment Number: AGW-14502

Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 7:02 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Re: "Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy."

Joey Smith
4375 Wallace Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-1424

December 31, 2009

US Department of Justice

Dear US Department of Justice:

Re: "Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century

Hello and thank you for reading this.  I am a farmer.  I'm 26 years old. 
When I first heard that the justice department was looking at
consolidation in agriculture, I didn't believe it - my whole adult life,
I've seen the government (at best) look the other way as slaughterhouses
get bigger and bigger and seed companies get bought up or (at worst) speed
this consolidation by continuing to subsidize unhealthy food.  As an
organic farmer, I am constantly trying to defend the reasonable prices for
my food, which people think is too expensive, but really just covers costs
and allows me to live.  But when I go to the market, I agree - healthy
food is too expensive.  That's one reason why I want YOU to investigate
the record prices made by ADM, Cargill, and other food processors this
year.  I am outraged that close to 50 million Americans - fellow citizens
- 1 in 6 is food insecure!!!  Including 1 out of every 4 children - I
believe the numbers speak for themselves; this is unacceptable, especially
when we consider the costs of obesity and diabetes.

I am hoping there is someone at the Department of Justice really looking
at the numbers involved with consolidation - simply put, what companies
such as Monsanto, Cargill, and Archer Daniels Midlan have done with
widespread vertical integration is the epitome of monopolistic, unfair
practices.  These enterprises need straightforward laws to keep them from
becoming, for lack of a better phrase, "menaces to society."  They will
thank you in the long run, as their missions will not be to expand
indefinitely (an impossible task, destined for failure). 

In short, please refer to the 2009 film Food Inc. for more of my
frustrations about the status quo in our food system.  I believe the
coverage of Monsanto's lawsuits (where they can always outspend the
person/farm they're suint) says it all.

Thank you for your time and consideration, and have a happy and purposeful


Joseph W. Smith
4375 Wallace Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404


Joey Smith

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