Thursday, May 23, 2013

Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in Landmark Case

The surprise is more that it was possible to bring Monsanto into court and confront this complaint. The harsh reality is that these toxins kill and that includes us and accidental overdose is almost impossible to avoid. In this case the story is pretty clear. Yet thousands suffer from low level poisoning with real damage explained away as a perhaps a rare cancer.

The fact remains that these chemicals must be handled and sprayed while traveling downwind and the farmers never wear breathing apparatus. For that they do get sick with unexplained ailments.

Monsanto continues to attract global push back on its apparent business practices that are proving daily to be outright reckless. At the same time it is blatently corrupting the political systems to pursue their goals. It is really too big to create wealth without establishing an extralegal monopoly. That is the real and present problem and this also applies hugely to State Corporations. It can only end badly, but not for a long time as vast amounts of capital is misdirected.

Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in Landmark Case

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.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to alachlor can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, spleen, and eyes, and may lead to the development of anemia and even cancer. The EPA apparently views alachlor as so dangerous, in fact, that the agency has set the maximum contaminant level goals (MCLG) for alachlor to zero in order to “prevent potential health problems.”

In 2007, France officially banned Lasso from use in the country in accordance with a European Union (EU) directive enacted in 2006 prohibiting the chemical from further use on crops in any member countries. But despite all the evidence proving that alachlor can disrupt hormonal balance, induce reproductive or developmental problems, and cause cancer, the chemical is still being used on conventional crops throughout the U.S. to this very day. (

I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of (alachlor),” added Francois to Reuters.

1 comment:

Leslie Fish said...

If, as the Supreme Court has ruled, a corporation is a "person", then let the Monsanto corporation be treated like any other "person" who poisoned other people for money. Since a corporation is a "person" whose "body" is scattered all over the world, go arrest its "brain" -- its CEO and Board of Directors. Let the cops march into the boardroom and drag the whole lot of them away in handcuffs. Charge together, as a group, with extortion, assault and manslaughter. Let them spend the night in the same cells with the junkies, whores, pimps, muggers and drunks. At arraignment, ask for remand because of their resources and ability to flee the jurisdiction. Put them on trial in criminal -- not civil -- court, and don't let them separate the cases under any circumstances. If possible, get the case tried in a state which has the death penalty. Let's see how well the corporations like being "people" when they're treated just like other people. Personally, I'll believe that a corporation is a "person" when Texas executes one.

--Leslie <;)))>< Fish