A court in France has found GMO giant Monsanto guilty of poisoning a French farmer through the use of one of their controversial herbicides. The court of appeals has vindicated French farmer Paul Francois who claimed that he suffered headaches, memory loss, and various neurological problems after mistakenly inhaling Monsanto’s herbicide Lasso.
During the court hearing, Monsanto’s attorneys repeatedly claimed that the herbicide Lasso was not dangerous. François claimed that the company was aware of the toxic nature of the herbicide but failed to adequately warn about the potential health risks.
The Appeals Court in Lyon upheld the original 2012 decision and ruled that the biotech giant, notorious for what some believe is a toxic combination of GMOs and Roundup herbicide, was “responsible” for the poisoning and must “fully compensate” François for damaging his health. Monsanto has stated that it will appeal the ruling at the French Supreme Court.
“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, François’ lawyer
Ultimately, it is becoming quite clear, with the banning of Roundup in multiple nations, that Monsanto’s products are not as safe as they would have the people believe. The report by France 24 can be seen below: