“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
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.
France and the EU have already take other actions:
The Francois case goes back to a period of intensive use of
crop-protection chemicals in the European Union. The EU and its
member countries have since banned a large number of substances
Monsanto’s Lasso was banned in France in 2007 following an EU
directive after the product had already been withdrawn in some other
France, the EU’s largest agricultural producer, is now targetting a
50 percent reduction in pesticide use between 2008 and 2018, with
initial results showing a 4 percent cut in farm and non-farm use in
Because of the dangerousness of these products, in the country,
nobody says anything, it’s omerta!
Why such a vow of silence?
The pressure of lobbyists is strong according to Paul François.
He says the dangers of pesticides may be as important as those of
I would say worse, because asbestos doesn’t usually drift
across the road onto you, and isn’t deliberately applied
to most crops, unlike RoundUp.
It’s time to break the silence, so we won’t have so many
farmers and children and other people being made sick by pesticides.
The agricultural giant was found to have been selling genetically modified cotton seeds without labeling them as such. Between 2002 and 2007, Monsanto’s seeds were illegally sold in several Texas counties where the seeds are explicitly banned.
The seeds — known as Bollgard and Bollgard II — were genetically engineered to produce the insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), and Texas officials were concerned that using the seeds would lead to pest resistance.
But that didn’t stop Monsanto from bamboozling buyers into purchasing the illegal seeds.
Here’s the bad news: Monsanto’s market cap is $29.5 billion,
so the fine is less than a hundredth of a percent of that.
Still, the fines keep going up. Maybe eventually they’ll get big enough to sting.
Or we could just trust the company that made Agent Orange and DDT.