A French court just a few days ago has recently found Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning. The court decided to uphold a 2012 ruling where Monsanto had been found guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer. The victim says that he suffered neurological problems after inhaling the U.S. company's Lasso weedkiller.
The final decision to uphold the 2012 ruling was handed-down by an appeal court in Lyon, southeast France. Their decision confirms the initial judgment, that deems Monsanto criminally responsible for the intoxication and they've ordered the company to offer full compensation. A lawyer for Monsanto has said that the U.S. bio-tech company would continue in taking the court to further appeal.
The victim, grain grower Paul Francois, says that he has suffered memory loss as a result, along with headaches and stammering, after he inhaled Monsanto's Lasso back in 2004. Francois says that the company had not provided adequate warnings on the product label. For now, Monsanto has been phasing out Lasso in the United States starting back several years ago, apparently for commercial reasons. However, it was at one point in time their top-selling herbicide.
Monsanto released a statement following the ruling, saying that the experts had not found any causal link between the alleged accidental exposure and the alleged damages for which Francois claims compensation. They intend to take the decision to the highest court, afterward they will decide on what final compensation (if any) to award for the farmer's loss. “We are speaking about modest sums of money or even nonexistent,” says the lawyer (Jean-Daniel Bretzner) of the billion-dollar bio-tech giant.
In other Monsanto news, it was also recently decided in Greece and Latvia that Monsanto would be pushed out of the country. Following the similar move from Germany and Scotland, the two nation's have now decided that they are going to opt-out of the GMO experiment.
The opt-outs (for now) are specifically targeting Monsanto's MON810 GM Maize, and currently this is the only genetically modified crop that is allowed to be grown within the EU presently. It is grown only when countries offer specific permission. Despite the growing trend around the world of many who are choosing to opt-out of the GMO experiment, there is still the worry that the passage of the controversial TPP arrangement might change things. As it currently stands, if passed the TPP arrangement will lead to giant corporations like Monsanto being able to force their products into the market, despite legislation that has been crafted to prevent such a move.
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