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French court says US pesticide giant poisoned farmer


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French court says US pesticide giant poisoned farmer

A French court has found US biotech giant Monsanto guilty of the chemical poisoning of a French farmer, in a case that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.

The farmer, Paul Francois, said he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller in 2004.

He said the company was at fault for not providing adequate warnings on the product label.

The court in Lyon ordered an expert opinion of Francois’ losses to establish the amount of damages to be awarded.

Monsanto said it is considering appealing against the judgement. It claimed the link between the farmer’s symptoms and potential poisoning was never established.

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