13 Feb '12, 8pm

Court Rules Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France

Court Rules Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France

Photo: Luther Blissett /CC BY 1.0 A French court has declared Monsanto—the American biotechnology giant driving growth of genetically engineered crops around the world , and the world's largest seed company—guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, Reuters reports . The case involved Paul Francois, a cereal farmer who said that after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller (which has since been banned in France) in 2004, he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering. He blamed Monsanto for not providing adequate warnings on the product label. The court's decision—in the first case of its kind in France—is significant because in the past, like with many health consequences from industry or pollution, farmers have been unable to prove a direct link between illnesses and exposure to pesticides . ("It's like lying on a bed of thorns and ...

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