As Rinehart would recall, the man began verbally attacking him, saying he had proof that Rinehart had planted Monsanto’s genetically modified (G. Better come clean and settle with Monsanto, Rinehart says the man told him—or face the consequences. He owned a small—a small—country store in a town of 350 people. You will pay.”Scenes like this are playing out in many parts of rural America these days as Monsanto goes after farmers, farmers’ co-ops, seed dealers—anyone it suspects may have infringed its patents of genetically modified seeds.Rinehart was incredulous, listening to the words as puzzled customers and employees looked on. He was angry that somebody could just barge into the store and embarrass him in front of everyone. Rinehart says he told the intruder, “You got the wrong guy.”When the stranger persisted, Rinehart showed him the door. Rinehart says he can’t remember the exact words, but they were to the effect of: “Monsanto is big. As interviews and reams of court documents reveal, Monsanto relies on a shadowy army of private investigators and agents in the American heartland to strike fear into farm country.Monsanto’s acquisitions have fueled explosive growth, transforming the St. Rinehart’s farm facility and farming operations, observed Defendant planting brown bag soybean seed. Moore observed the Defendant take the brown bag soybeans to a field, which was subsequently loaded into a grain drill and planted. Moore located two empty bags in the ditch in the public road right-of-way beside one of the fields planted by Rinehart, which contained some soybeans. Moore collected a small amount of soybeans left in the bags which Defendant had tossed into the public right-of way.Louis–based corporation into the largest seed company in the world. Paul Bremer’s last acts as head of the Coalition Provisional Authority was an order stipulating that “farmers shall be prohibited from re-using seeds of protected varieties.” Monsanto has said that it has no interest in doing business in Iraq, but should the company change its mind, the American-style law is in place. As recently as 1980, no genetically modified crops were grown in the U. These samples tested positive for Monsanto’s Roundup Ready technology.
But the precedent was set, and Monsanto took advantage of it. Farmers who buy Monsanto’s patented Roundup Ready seeds are required to sign an agreement promising not to save the seed produced after each harvest for re-planting, or to sell the seed to other farmers.I felt like I was in another country.”Gary Rinehart is actually one of Monsanto’s luckier targets. In a 2007 report, the Center for Food Safety, in Washington, D. Even more significant, in the Center’s opinion, are the numbers of farmers who settle because they don’t have the money or the time to fight Monsanto.“The number of cases filed is only the tip of the iceberg,” says Bill Freese, the Center’s science-policy analyst.Everyone knows Rinehart, who was born and raised in the area and runs one of Eagleville’s few surviving businesses.The stranger came up to the counter and asked for him by name.“Well, that’s me,” said Rinehart.