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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Angela Roquemore
Angela Roquemore1 months ago

Why the heck is this article just NOW showing up, even thought it's dated from THREE years ago?

Bipin Bhardwaj
Bipin Bhardwaj2 months ago

Without the support of the USA Govt. WB monsanto cant' exist, not only it is destroying earth planet but also small farmers in India and other poor countries, by bribing Ministers to plant GM crops, and use pesticides, farmers are pushed to commit suicides because of its expensive technologies. Its uses WTO to push its nefarious activities.

Douglas J.
Douglas J.2 months ago

Hate is a strong word in any situation but...... this company deserves all the fruits of their labors and one small victory against them is like the first step in a long journey....
a good start.

Therese Kutscheid
Therese Kutscheid2 months ago

Strongly agree, Monsanto is worst company on this planet, but if everyone would stop buying their products, governments would not permit GMO crop to be planted in any country on the planet, Monsanto would be quickly gone.
I am glad that Paul Francois got compensation but his health is destroyed. And how many people did get sick because of Monsanto products.

Catherine H.
Catherine H.2 months ago

God Bless You, Paul Francois! You've a long road ahead when it comes to neurological damage and I pray that you've family and friends around to give you help, understanding and love. Monsanto is a monster that should have all funding taken away and the place should be forced to shut down.

Roger Garin-michaud

and now, on 10 september 2015 the "cour d'appel" a higher juridiction, has confirmed the initial ruling by the lower court (tribunal d'instance) see the report by Francetv,info at :

also you can read further on Le Monde :

Miriam O.

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

Robyn Rae
YOLANDA H.about a year ago

yippeeeeeeee.....wonderful news

Comfortdental Annbor

Great Article Shared

Bill and Katie D.
Katie D.2 years ago

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