DuPont contracts private paramilitary police force to terrorize farmersSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 12/05/2012 - 14:59
(NaturalNews) The nation's largest holder of genetically-modified (GM) soybeans, DuPont, is taking the biotechnology industry's mafia-style intimidation tactics to the next level by hiring its own private paramilitary police force to scare American farmers into continuing to purchase its products in accordance with patent protection laws. As reported by Bloomberg, the biotech giant is planning to hire an additional 35 former police officers within the next year to make surprise visits at farms that use its Monsanto-licensed Roundup Ready soybeans to ensure they are in compliance.
Farmers that have agreed to purchase GM soybean seeds from DuPont are required to abandon the longtime farming tradition of saving seeds every year, and instead purchase new ones for each planting season. Though the legitimacy of this requirement is currently being challenged in federal court, existing patent laws appear to protect companies like DuPont in their pursuit of farmers that try to buck the requirement and save seeds in defiance of its harsh contract provisions.
This is the exact reason, of course, why DuPont has decided to begin patrolling rural America in search of farmers that might be saving seeds in violation of its patent requirements. In Canada, where DuPont also has a considerably large agricultural presence, the company has already established a paramilitary force of 45 mostly ex-cops whose only job is to visit farms; examine their planting and purchase records, walk their fields, and make assessments on whether or not they are in violation. If farmers are found to be in violation, DuPont then pursues legal action against them, and many end up losing their farms and livelihoods.