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Comment Number: AGW-14949
|Sent:||Thursday, January 7, 2010 5:38 AM|
|Subject:||Comment from a Producer/Small farmer|
7426 North County Road, 400 West
Saint Paul, IN 47272-9743
January 7, 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 PRODUCER, I am particularly concerned about Monsanto's
control over the seed supply. In the last couple of years, many seed
companies that I deal with have refused to carry seed varieties that they
have carried for YEARS because they are afraid of a lawsuit from Monsanto.
Additionally, for thousands of years, farmers have selected their own seed
from plants that did better on their own ground and environment. The seed
was purchased from a supplier, some seed was kept from that crop, and the
next year the farmer used his own seed to plant. This local selection
has ALWAYS been considered legal and appropriate...until now. This local
selection created hundreds of sub varieties that functioned better in that
part of the world...to the benefit of the local farmer and the consumer.
Every gardening grandmother that I ever knew kept seed and developed sub
varieties. Now we are going to make them a criminal?
The impact of this kind of power play in our food supply and production
cannot be over estimated. No company should own the rights to such a
basic commodity as our food...especially when it was NOT genetically
modified but simply selected from the gene pool of that plant.
The same way we protect animal species from extinction, we should protect
I urge you to please include in your investigation a consideration of the
importance of keeping seeds, the foundation of human life, in the public
domain where they truly belong...and have been for THOUSANDS of years.