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Comment Number: AGW-14824
|Sent:||Monday, January 4, 2010 6:48 PM|
Katie Lynn Anderson
6021 Pershing Ave, #1E
St Louis, MO 63112-1338
January 4, 2010
US Department of Justice
Dear US Department of Justice:
I appreciate 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 food consumer and urban community farmer, I feel
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.
I fear the vast bounty of food crops that farmers have cultivated and
improved upon over the last 10,000 or so will be put out of commission by
a company who wittles down varieties to a few pesticide-dependent
genetically modified crops.
Further, I fear the cross-pollinateion of Monsanto's chemically-dependant
seeds with organic and traditional varieties, which will destroy their
unique characteristics and infect 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.
In the same way we protect animal species from extinction, I value the
protection of plant species. I feel tremendously concerned about the tens
of thousands of food varieties that companies like Monsanto are
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.
Katie Lynn Anderson