Court Finds Monsanto Guilty of Poisoning Farmer


Monsanto Guilty of Poisoning Farmer A very important ruling was given recently by a court in Lyon, France finding bio-tech giant, Monsanto, guilty of of chemical poisoning of a French farmer. This judgement could lend weight to similar health claims against pesticides.

Via Reuters:

In the first such case heard in court in France, grain grower Paul Francois says he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto’s (MON.N) Lasso weedkiller in 2004.

He blames the agri-business giant for not providing adequate warnings on the product label.

The ruling was given by a court in Lyon, southeast France, which ordered an expert opinion of Francois’s losses to establish the sum of damages.

Lawyers for Monsanto could not immediately be reached for comment.

Previous health claims from farmers have foundered because of the difficulty of establishing clear links between illnesses and exposure to pesticides.

“I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this,” Francois, 47, told Reuters.

He and other farmers suffering from illness set up an association last year to make a case that their health problems should be linked to their use of crop protection products.

The agricultural branch of the French social security system says that since 1996, it has gathered farmers’ reports of sickness potentially related to pesticides, with about 200 alerts a year.

But only about 47 cases have been recognized as due to pesticides in the past 10 years. Francois, who suffers from neurological problems, obtained work invalidity status only after a court appeal.

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  1. Monsanto and the food industry do a lot of things wrong, but the general population of consumers are responsible too. As long as we want to believe that it is economically possible to grow, make, transport, prepare, cook, and sell a hamburger for a buck or even two, we are making Monsanto necessary. There is no way the amount of crap that we want to consume can be produced for the price that we are willing to pay without damaging the soil and the crops, using harmful technologies, and putting all the small food producers out of business.