Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14578

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Comment Number: AGW-14578

Sent: Friday, January 1, 2010 6:37 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comment

Nancy Accola
200 Appleton St.
Cambridge, MA 02138-1346

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.

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. The change in the law that allowed the patenting of bio-material has
led to disastrous consequences. Please watch the movie, Food Inc.

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.

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.

Agribusiness's control of seeds is also dictating what gets planted and
thereby the cost of food in America. The emphasis on corn and soy is
ruining the health of Americans and driving up the cost of health care.
This is all interrelated. Please break up the strangle-hold these few
large corporations have on our future.


Nancy Accola

Updated April 7, 2016

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