Published on Monday, February 13, 2012 by Common Dreams
Court: Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in
- Common Dreams staff
A French court Monday found
In 2004, Paul François, a cereal farmer in the southwestern department of
He was taken to hospital and stopped work for almost a year, reports radio station
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Reuters is reporting:
A French court on Monday declared
In the first such case heard in court in
He blames the agri-business giant for not providing adequate warnings on the product label.
The ruling was given by a court in Lyon, southeast
"I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this," Francois, 47, told Reuters.
"I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of this"He and other farmers suffering from illness set up an association last year to make a case that their health problems should be linked to their use of crop protection products.
The agricultural branch of the French social security system says that since 1996, it has gathered farmers' reports of sickness potentially related to pesticides, with about 200 alerts a year.
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