The Institute for Food & Development Policy / Food First has issued an alert regarding the following opportunity to tell the Department of Justice and the USDA what you think (deadline is December 30, 2009):
Are you concerned about where your food comes from? Do you care about the working conditions of farmers and food workers? …Do you have access to fresh produce in your neighborhood? Are you concerned about meat and poultry packing conditions that threaten your health and that of the workers? Are you worried that corporate giants like Monsanto control a large share of our seed supply?
This is the biggest opening in 30 years. The Department of Justice is on a fact finding mission about agribusiness and they need to hear from us! To be heard you must submit your letter to the Antitrust Division by December 31, 2009. There is currently no legislation nor are any regulations proposed. What we say could potentially put an end to further consolidation in the agricultural, processing, and supermarket sectors.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are seeking our comments on consolidation in the food system by December 31, 2009. We have just four weeks to tell them what’s wrong in our food system and make suggestions for how to fix it.
Please take the time to e-mail your comments to email@example.com. Or you can submit two paper copies of your comments to Legal Policy Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 450 5th Street, NW, Suite 11700, Washington, D.C. 20001. All comments received will be publicly posted.
Five workshops will be held in 2010 in Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin. But the best way to get your concerns heard is to submit your written comments. For specifics about the workshops: http://www.justice.gov/atr/public/workshops/ag2010/index.htm#overview