Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14560

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Comment Number: AGW-14560

Sent: Friday, January 1, 2010 3:07 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment

Ami Linden
10223 5th Ave. East
Montague, CA 96064

January 1, 2010

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, I am particularly concerned about Monsanto's
control over the seed supply. I feel very strongly about this issue.

By buying seed companies and aggressively patenting life, Monsanto has
gained control over as much as 90 percent of seed genetics. This should
never have been allowed to occur. 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, as well as being unethical.

In addition, 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 completely

The same way we protect animal species from extinction, we MUST protect
plant species, especially the tens of thousands of food varieties, from
companies like Monsanto that are consciously eliminating them.

I STRONGLY 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.


Ami Linden

Updated April 7, 2016

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