Today is the deadline for contacting the Department of Justice and the USDA. They are collecting public comments on monopoly practices in the Agri-Food industries. There have been many mergers allowing just a handful of companies to control the production of staples like corn and soy in the US. The worst of these is Monsanto. They have used their vast power to cheat farmers of fair prices, to raise production costs at will and to manipulate prices on the consumer end.

Monsanto now controls 93 % of soybeans and 80% of corn grown in the US.

-Tyson, Cargill, Swift and National Beef Packing Company control 83% of the beef packing industry.
-Smithfield, Tyson, Swift and Cargill control 66% of the pork packing industry.

The DOJ also wants to hear comments on the health and environmental impacts. This involves issues such the growing presence of pesticides and herbicide residues in our foods, confined animal feeding in disease-ridden conditions. It is as if someone in the US government has seen the film Food Inc. and so they want to know what the public thinks. Let them know today. You can sign a petition today at

Its high time to send a message to Congress that this is not the best interest of farmers or consumers.

For more information on the harmful effects of our food monopolies and a little history of how this developed, see my article at

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