Monsanto found guilty of poisoning French farmer.

French farmer Paul Francois says he suffered neurological problems after inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller.

A French court has declared the US biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.

In the first such case heard in court in France, the grain grower Paul Francois, 47, said he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller in 2004.

He blames Monsanto for not providing adequate warnings on the product label.

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

“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,” Francois Lafforgue, Francois’s lawyer, told Reuters.

Monsanto said it was disappointed by the ruling and would examine whether to appeal against the judgment.

Of course it will appeal.   The BBC calls this decision historic.

Mr Francois, a cereal farmer from the Charente region in south-west France, had to stop work for a year. Medical tests found the hazardous chemical chlorobenzene in his body.In the meantime they will be working on more political moves to control seed and food production world wide.

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Monsanto’s lawyer, Jean-Philippe Delsart, said: “Monsanto always considered that there were not sufficient elements to establish a causal relationship between Paul Francois’s symptoms and a potential poisoning.”

In the meantime, our government is harassing Amish farmers for selling fresh milk.  I used to drink fresh milk and it sure didn’t taste like the liquid chalk they sell today.  Oh yeah, it didn’t kill me either.

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