Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14884

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Comment Number: AGW-14884

Sent: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 4:28 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Monsanto's monopoly goals

American Citizen
15910 NE 159th St
Bothell, WA 98033

January 5, 2010

US Department of Justice

Dear US Department of Justice:

In advance of the Department of Justice's workshops on "Agriculture and
Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy, 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.

As an organic consumer, I am particularly concerned about Monsanto's
control over the seed supply.

Monsanto has gained control over as much as 90 percent of seed genetics.
This is anti-competitive behavior.

But my main concern is that 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.

Again, please put food freedom above short-term corporate profits.


An American Citizen

Updated April 7, 2016

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