reply to post by westcoast
Yes, the seeds are patented (RoundUp Ready). They are to be grown for production only, and never to be saved for seed stock. And yes, they do
police. They analyze the ratio of RoundUp herbicide purchased versus the bags of seed (and add in a multiplier for gallons purchased for other
needs). They have the "red flags" down to a science. They investigated my father a few years ago, and he was a nervous wreck, even though he had
done nothing wrong. There have been farmers in this area caught, and they have been fined, basically by confiscation of the crop in question.
Here are a couple of links.
Technology Use Guide
This is a simple pdf of what their rights are and how the investigations are done.
Sorry this is a little off topic, but it clearly shows, Monsanto has all the power they need.
I was talking to my father last night, and found out some interesting information. He said that growers "behind the levee" (as we call it b/c they
are behind the main levee) are gamblers. They actually only get one crop out of three years, due to natural flooding. They are always hard pressed
to actually harvest before the fall rains set in. Basically they gamble anyway.
AND when the land was originally sold to them from the government, the original owners were basically given the land...the figure was 50 cents an acre
(although I suspect this number has been rounded) and the title had the Corps' rights written in. This was years ago. Just after 1937. My
grandfather considered purchasing a tract of land there, as a side operation, and decided that the risks out weighed the benefits...or as the old
school would say, "Nothin worth havin is free".
Since then, some of the land has been sold from the original owners, with an average of $3800 per acre. So the winners were the ones that cleared the
land, improved it, and then SOLD it for a tidy profit (after capital gains taxes), and yes, the Corps' rights were still on the title/deeds, and it
There is no answer. Just a few observations. This is all being discussed among the farmers here. I wish I could give you a source, but it's just
my father. Who is a man of his word, and who sifts through the BS before repeating a word.