Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in Landmark Case

Hazardous-pesticideMonsanto finally loses in court! Report via REALfarmacy.com:

A French farmer who can no longer perform his routine farming duties because of permanent pesticide injuries has had his day in court, literally, and the perpetrator of his injuries found guilty of chemical poisoning. The French court in Lyon ruled that Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller formula, which contains the active ingredient alachlor, caused Paul Francois to develop lifelong neurological damage that manifests as persistent memory loss, headaches, and stuttering during speech.

Reports indicate that the 47-year-old farmer sued Monsanto back in 2004 after inhaling the Lasso product while cleaning his sprayer tank equipment. Not long after, Francois began experiencing lasting symptoms that prevented him from working, which he says were directly linked to exposure to the chemical. Since Lasso’s packaging did not bear adequate warnings about the dangers of exposure, Francois alleged at the time that Monsanto was essentially negligent in providing adequate protection for its customers.

To the surprise of many, the French court agreed with the claims and evidence presented before it, declaring earlier this year that “Monsanto is responsible for Paul Francois’ suffering after he inhaled the Lasso product … and must entirely compensate him.” The court is said to be seeking expert opinion on how to gauge Francois’ losses in order to determine precisely how much Monsanto will be required to compensate him in the case.

“It is a historic decision in so far as it is the first time that a (pesticide) maker is found guilty of such a poisoning,” said Francois Lafforgue, Paul Francois’ lawyer, to Reuters earlier in the year…

[continues at REALfarmacy.com]

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  • Ittabena

    Monsanto defeated in Europe where they don’t allow Monsanto GMO seeds or Fluoridated water, and where they still have a free press.

    If this were in the US this would be big news, but alas…

    • BuzzCoastin

      true but
      in the EU, everyone knows that this is very French
      and could probably only go like this in France
      it would be hard to imagine it happening in any other EU kuntery
      except maybe Italy

      • Ittabena

        Ok, I probably should have typed France instead, but it was early, and so was work this morning. It’s sad that someone who lived for Saturday when he was a kid has had it ruined by a job that doesn’t even pay well.

        • BuzzCoastin

          I’m sticking with
          anyone using a Monsanto product deserves what they get

          modern farmers are not farmers at all
          they’re 7-11 clerks at best
          they know practicality nothing about Nature
          and only know how to drive a tractor
          and buy farm supplies from Monsanto

          Monsanto is actually helping us
          by killing & maiming it’s pushers

          • Heath

            As much as I agree that the 50 percent of US farmers may fall in the square hole your round opinion is poking, living in a rural area and knowing many commercial farmers would gladly freshen up your tinfoil hat..Lets not forget how these big agri business taint the farmer pool. They havent forgotten the basics, just controlled by the dollar signs which keep them poor and in line.

          • BuzzCoastin

            it’s a pretty broad brush I agree
            so let’s narrow it down to:
            corn & soybean farmers
            mono-crop farmers
            any farmer using any Monsanto product
            industrial cow, chicken & pig farmers
            any farmer using petrochemical fertilizers & biocides
            any farmer who doesn’t grow most of his family food
            that’s probably 90 to 95% of them
            but it’s not all of them, I agree

    • http://wildernessvagabonds.com/ Mike Lewinski

      Fluoride is added to table salt in Europe, just as iodine is added to our table salt.

      European public water systems are much older than ours, and also smaller (serving fewer people, so requiring more resources to get fluoride into water). Basically it is more cost effective to dose salt than water.

      • Ittabena

        Perhaps you are right, however, according to Wikipedia…

        “Water fluoridation is used in the United States, United Kingdom,
        Ireland, Canada, and Australia, and a handful of other countries. The following nations previously fluoridated their water, but stopped the practice, with the years when water fluoridation started and stopped in parentheses:

        Federal Republic of Germany (1952–1971)

        Sweden (1952–1971)

        Netherlands (1953–1976)

        Czechoslovakia (1955–1990)

        German Democratic Republic (1959–1990)

        Soviet Union (1960–1990)

        Finland (1959–1993)

        Japan (1952–1972)[citation needed]
        In the United Kingdom a Strategic Health Authority
        can direct a water company to fluoridate the water supply in an area if it is technically possible. The strategic health authority must consult with the local community and businesses in the affected area. The water company will act as a contractor in any new schemes and cannot refuse to fluoridate the supply.”

        …many countries including Germany, one of the pioneers, has, in the past, Fluoridated their water but stopped. The controversy raging in England right now tends to prove out that these discontinuations were not done because salt was easier or cheaper, but rather that Fluoridation was indeed unpopular.

        This may not mean that those who wish to Fluoridate so badly have been defeated, but it also doesn’t mean that the Europeans are as unaware or happy, or even willing, about Fluoridation as we in the US have been historically.

  • Simon Valentine

    i have the same symptoms
    someone contact Sagittarius A

    i smell bullshit

    and idiots

    *Moootieeeerreee
    the zombies from Oblivion are chasing you again
    one of them casts restoration spells

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      if i have to climb one more stupid tower………..

      • Simon Valentine

        lol
        “your sigil stone”
        “lord dagon will be less than pleased with its loss”

      • Simon Valentine

        what did the brown blob in the camo say to the green blob?

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          i dunno, something about arrows.. and knees.. i stopped paying attention after the first 200 hours

          • Simon Valentine

            “boy am i in some deep shit or what”

            the green blob had to subsequently be treated for minor PTSD as an initiation rite comb over

      • Anarchy Pony

        Gawd… The sigil towers? The designers of those monstrosities should be publicly flogged. Along with whoever invented creepers. Sssssssssssssssss is the worst sound you can hear in a video game.

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          i dunno. Minecraft wouldnt be minecraft without creepers.

          The sheer terror of that sound, and the satisfaction of surviving it. Creepers are the engine that make the game an emotional roller coaster through nothing but gameplay.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Perhaps, but all creepers are to be terminated with extreme prejudice. With an enchanted bow at range.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Also, speaking of vidya games, any of y’all on xbox live? Or are you all snobby PC gamers? Monkey see monkey do was on PSN, but my PS3 has been nothing but a bluray player since uncharted 3 came out.

          • Matt Staggs

            I’m on XBL. I don’t play much except FPS games, though.

          • Anarchy Pony

            You much of a borderlands 2 fan? Drop me a friend request, gamertag’s the same as my screen name.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Hey Matt! Looks like a new doc from the Scott Noble/metanoia crew is out http://vimeo.com/65148608

            It’s called Counter-Intelligence, and I think it has five parts. Post that sucka!

  • BuzzCoastin

    anyone using a Monsanto product deserves what they get

  • nubwaxer

    soylent green is coming.

  • lilbear68

    lucky that happened in france, it never would have gotten to court in the usa, they would have drug it out til he and his whole family were dead of old age. and now with the monsanto protection act in effect monsanto can pretty much do any freakin thing they want in the states