Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14810

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Comment Number: AGW-14810

From: Renu Thamman
Sent: Monday, January 4, 2010 3:58 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Comments

I am writing because I am concerned about the lack of competition in agricultural markets.

I no longer am confident in what I am buying - whether I spend a lot or a little money because there is not enough accountability that would enable me to make the choices about what I want my family to eat.  It is outrageous. 

I want to buy organic eggs but that is apparently not enough.  I need to know how the chickens are treated - what is free range?  Does that mean that just get to stand up or do they really meet the common person's perception of free range? 

I want to buy meat that is treated humanely, that is not injected with things, that is not processed by people who are abused by the system.  Yet that seems impossible unless I go really out of my way.  Which I intend to start doing because I can.  But what about the people who can't?  It breaks my heart that poor people can afford a $1 burger from a drive through but not proper nutrition because of government subsidies.  It truly disgusts me.

Require stores to label what's local so people know what's in season - people don't even think about it when you can get a tomato 365 days a year! 

Require labels for GMO's - I don't want to eat them so don't make me.  Require labels for chemicals - I want to be healthy and keep my family safe.  Please, these are our bodies and our families - it is our right to have more knowledge and to ask our government to protect us and keep us informed.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to comment.

Renu Thamman

Renu Thamman

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Updated April 7, 2016

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