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Monsanto Charged with Chemical Poisoning

Monsanto Charged with Chemical Poisoning

It’s not every day that we learn about a victory for Mother Earth.  But thanks to a 47-year old farmer and a French court there has been a victory against U.S. biotechnology giant Monsanto.  And, I’d say that’s a triumph for Mother Earth as well.  The company lost a court battle earlier this year and was charged as guilty of chemical poisoning.  This judgment could lend credence to other health claims against Monsanto and pesticides in general.

Paul Francois, a French farmer sued Monsanto after he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches, and stammering after inhaling the company’s Lasso weedkiller in 2004.  He cited insufficient product label warnings as part of the problem.

“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,” François Lafforgue, Paul Francois’s lawyer said in an interview with Reuters.  In the same interview, Monsanto’s lawyer Jean-Philippe Delsart states:  “Monsanto always considered that there were not sufficient elements to establish a causal relationship between Paul Francois’s symptoms and a potential poisoning.”

But the court in Lyon, in southeast France disagreed.  It clearly saw the cause of Francois’ health problems as linked to Monsanto’s pesticide use and subsequently ordered an expert assessment to determine Francois’ financial losses and awarded him accordingly.

According to the Reuters news report, the agricultural branch of the French social security system says that it has gathered about 200 reports of sickness linked to pesticides a year since 1996.  Prior to this landmark case, farmers have had difficulty proving causal effect or have simply not tried to sue the corporate giant known for its bullying tactics on farmers worldwide.

Francois, along with other farmers set up an association to help establish the link between pesticides and neurological problems suffered by farmers.  While the farmer was victorious against Monsanto, he is no longer able to perform his farming responsibilities due to the damage he suffered from pesticide use.

In my blog, “Is Your Body Roundup Ready?” I discussed some of the health dangers of Monsanto’s pesticide known as RoundUp.  In research conducted on frogs and chicken embryos, glyphosate—the primary ingredient in RoundUp—was found to cause birth defects.  The same study found that glyphosate affects the skull, face, parts of the brain and spinal cord.

Another study out of Germany found RoundUp in all human urine samples tested.  The amount found in urine was 5 to 20 times the established upper limit for drinking water.

Monsanto’s pesticides are not just used in food production but are also sprayed on school playgrounds, private lawns, railway lines, urban pavement, golf courses, community roadsides and public land.

Monsanto has been named as one of the “World’s 10 Most Innovative Companies” by Forbes Magazine while Natural Society has awarded Monsanto the Worst Company of 2011 award for its ongoing work to threaten human health and the environment.

If you type “Monsanto” into Google, you’ll quickly find that the most common search term for the company is “Monsanto evil.”  After years of following Monsanto’s path of destruction, I’d say Monsanto warrants the Worst Company of 2012 as well.  What do you think?  I’d love to know.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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7:48AM PST on Dec 5, 2014

◕╰დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting! ╭დ╯◕ Great article!

9:18PM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

yippeeeeeeee.....wonderful news

5:33AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Great Article Shared

10:02PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Glad to hear the french farmer was compensated!
There are other ways to kill weeds try just salt sprinkled around!
Table salt is cheap and safe!
Don't sprinkle it were you will be planting garden or flowers!
Thank You

3:10AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Its never to late to stop poisoning the worlds food supply. STOP Monsanto we dont want your poison on our crops.

9:20AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

There is probably no way to STOP Monsanto. They are so big and powerful and have command over many court systems.

Any victory is FANTASTIC!

10:31PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

I live about 25 miles away from one of their massive plants. For this area of Western MA, it lights up the night sky at night. May actually be bigger than one of our "large" cities for this area! I often wonder how well regulated they are in regards to pollution in their own back yard. They don't do many stories on them locally. yikes

8:57PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

A victory, but very small by comparison to there massive and I mean massive poisoning of pretty much all living things. Ultimately, us as well.

5:59AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Thanks for sharing , I just wish we could stop all these chemical companies there are alot more who are kill us ... What will it take ?

6:29AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Good news against Monsanto!
Just don't buy the products they make too!
Way too Dangerous Stuff!

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