Will we listen to
French farmer Paul François, who sued Monsanto for nerve damage due to inhaling
Lasso weedkiller, and
won last year?
Monsanto appealed, but
“Farmers need to understand that those who speak for them are businessmen who defend other interests, very lucrative for the businessmen, who do not care about farmers’ health or the health of those around us.”
the appeal, too.
Now the court is gauging losses to determine penalties for Monsanto.
This after back in 2009
France convicted Monsanto of lying
about its claims that Roundup was “biodegradable” and “left the soil clean”.
And Argentinean tobacco farmers
are suing Monsanto in New Castle County Court, Delaware, saying
“knowingly poisoned them with herbicides and pesticides and subsequently caused ”devastating birth defects” in their children”.
These same Monsanto herbicides and pesticides are sprayed
on most fields around here, and they’re just as much
poisons here as in Argentina or France.
A couple of French botanists came by to catalog our yellow jessamine.
They want some for medicinal purposes.
Up in North Carolina they heard it grew hereabouts and drove down.
Contacting the Chamber, they were told Gretchen had some.
She was in Valdosta and sent them out.
I gave them a tour, including use of digging implements.
Pictures by John S. Quarterman for Okra Paradise Farms, Lowndes County, Georgia, 22 August 2012.
Multibillion-dollar agricultural corporations, including Monsanto and
Syngenta, have restricted independent research on their genetically
engineered crops. They have often refused to provide independent
scientists with seeds, or they’ve set restrictive conditions that severely
limit research options.
In case you wondered why all the research seems to come from other countries,
such as Argentina and France, as shown in this
documentary from Germany?
Well, now you know.
“To human cells glyphosate is already toxic in a very low dose.
A farmer uses a much higher dose on the field.
Roundup is even more toxic than glysophate,
for that is only one of the ingredients in Roundup.”
Roundup says none of this applies to humans and Roundup is safe.
France’s highest court has ruled that U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto had not told the truth about the safety of its best-selling weed-killer, Roundup. The court confirmed an earlier judgment that Monsanto had falsely advertised its herbicide as “biodegradable” and claimed it “left the soil clean.”
It’s about time some court decided that.
Now let’s hear some U.S. court say the same thing.
The company was fined 15,000 euros (£13,800; $22,400).
Earlier this month, Monsanto reported a fourth quarter loss of $233m (£147m), driven mostly by a drop in sales of its Roundup brand.
Now that’s getting closer to an appropriate size.
Largely driven by the state of the economy no doubt.
How about a court-imposed fine of that size or larger?
Monsanto has a market cap of $43.6 billion so larger would be appropriate.