Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14959

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Comment Number: AGW-14959

From: sarabledsoe@aol.com
Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2010 11:53 AM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Please read! From concerned citizen!


Sara Bledsoe
117 Clinton St.
Columbus, OH 43202-2909


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 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
will.

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. Plus they are suing
for the rights of organic crops that have been contaminated. This is an
outrage because it is not the farmers' fault (nor Monsanto's) that this
contamination is happening. It is one of Mother Nature's natural
characteristics...to blow seeds, to repollinate. So they have no rights to
the organic crops that their Frankenseeds polluted. Monsanto is also
ruining the lives of farmers who have been doing only what their ancestors
have been doing for centuries. Seed cleaning. There is no crime in
cleaning or saving the seeds that you have had that do not belong to
Monsanto. Monsanto is intimidating these poor people. Alienating them from
their fellow farmers who are afraid to stand up to Monsanto. Blacklisting
them. Bankrupting them in court cost until they give up. Monsanto is
running a totalitarian dictatorship on a product that we do not even know
if it is safe for human consumption, due to inadequate testing.

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. I also
urge that we put into act a mandatory labeling law on all GMO's. As a born
citizen of The United States of America, it is my right to know what is in
the food I am eating.

Thank you for your time. I hope you read this with all sincerity.

Sincerely,


Sara Bledsoe


Updated April 7, 2016

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