Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14704

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Comment Number: AGW-14704

Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2010 2:08 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Return to us our basic right to choose what we eat!!!

Tracy Hansen
794 Fairview Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403-2946

January 3, 2010

US Department of Justice

Dear US Department of Justice:

I am a 24 year old citizen who is flabbergasted by the government's
overwhelming support of a company that clearly does more harm than good. I
am outraged to see that if things do not change, I simply may not be able
to find non-GMO foods on supermarket shelves someday. I'm sure you know
what I'm talking about. I'm just hoping you'll actually do something about

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

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.

If you want you and your family to not have to fear dying from something
they ate, you need to take action and eliminate the monopoly that is

An enraged citizen,

Tracy Hansen

Updated April 7, 2016

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