Agribusiness giant Monsanto has lost a legal battle over its dangerous pesticide products. Farmer Paul Francois won his claim against 2011′s Worst Company in a Lyon, France court. Francois’ lawyer, Francois Lafforgue, called the decision “historic,” noting that it marks, “the first time that a [pesticide] maker is found guilty of such a poisoning.”
Francois maintained that after using Monsanto’s pesticides in 2004, he, “[suffered] from neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering.” The pesticide in question, Lasso, has since been banned in France; by 2018, France is working to cut its pesticide usage by 50 percent.
Since 1996, the French government has received about 200 complaints a year about the negative health effects of pesticides, making it quite possible that similar cases against the controversial company will make their way into French courts in the future.
This is just one of many lawsuits Monsanto is fighting across the globe. In the United States and Canada, for instance, 60 families, organic agricultural organizations and seed companies sued Monsanto for its aggressive patenting of genetically modified (GM) seeds.
Monsanto is responsible for 90 percent of GM seeds in the United States.