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(Health Secrets Newsletter) A court in France has found Monsanto legally responsible for the poisoning of a farmer who inhaled its powerful weed killer, in a landmark case that could influence rulings in other courts addressing the use of pesticides. Monsanto plans to appeal this verdict.
The farmer, Paul Francois age 47, suffered dizziness, headaches and other problems following his examination of a sprayer which contained Monsanto’s herbicide Lasso in 2004. He was unable to work for a year, and medical tests found the toxic chemical chlorobenzene in his body. Lasso has subsequently been banned in France. The court ordered a report on his condition to determine compensation amounts to be paid by Monsanto.
This appears to be a historic decision because it is the first time a pesticide maker has been found guilty of such a poisoning. Representatives from Monsanto questioned the establishment of a causal relationship between Francois’ symptoms and his exposure to the Monsanto product. In the past, similar legal complaints have failed to establish a direct causal link between pesticide use and human illnesses to the satisfaction of the courts.
U.S. based global biotech giant Monsanto is the undisputed leader in the mass genetic modification of nature through the introduction of GMO (genetically modified organism) crops, biopesticides and bioengineered animals, without apparent regard of the consequences of such an agenda. Many people throughout the world see this company and its products as being a threat to the total genetic integrity of the environment and to the future of mankind as a species.
As the deterioration of modern farming methods led to a stripping of soil nutrients needed to produce healthy resistant plants, it became more difficult to produce a crop without the use of highly powerful herbicides and pesticides. But when such highly toxic pesticides were used, they often ended up killing the crop as well as the weeds and pests that plagued it. This led to the genetic modification of crops so they were able to stand up to such marvels of modern day chemistry, rather than a return to more tried and true farming methods. Now genetically modified plants grow where the plants nature designed once grew, and they continue to prosper despite being drenched with powerful herbicides and pesticides on a regular basis.
Monsanto has said from the beginning that the products of genetic engineering are safe and no different from what nature has created. But the truth is slowly coming out. The latest research shows that unbornbabies are contaminated with residues from biopesticides. A review of 19 studies has recently shown that consuming GMO corn or soybeans may lead to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice, especially in the liver and kidneys. USDA reports show that 93% of soybeans and 72% of corn produced in the U.S. is currently GMO. Clearly Monsanto is rapidly gaining control of the food supply.
Aside from the emerging knowledge of the effects of GMOs on humans, the entire ecosystem is at risk. Genetically modified mosquitoes, have been released into the environment through the co-efforts of Monsanto and Bill Gates, with the explanation that they are to combat the growth of the conventional mosquito population and the diseases they spread. 10,000 genetically modified mosquitoes have recently been released in the Grand Caymens.
Eight populations of insects have developed mutations in response to the biopesticides used on crops, and it appears that no matter how much the pesticides are strengthened, the insects maintain the ability to mutate, suggesting they are developing total immunity.
90% of the U.S. sugar beet crop is GMO and bred to withstand an onslaught of Roundup, the flagship herbicide of Monsanto. This is a real testament to the power of the company, since just seven years ago genetically modified sugar beets were non-existent.
GMO corn has also been creating resistant superbugs. Bt corn has been modified to produce its own pesticide, Bacillus thuringiensis, which has been incorporated into the crop to kill off rootworms. This crop makes up 65 percent of all U.S. corn production. Of course the rootworms continue to develop resistance, biotech scientists continue to look for more effective genetic modifications, and farmers use ever more pesticide in a dance reminiscent of how humans have become resistant to antibiotics.
Monsanto has a long history as a scorched earth company, dating back 1949 when its Nitro plant exploded and sent a cloud of dioxin laced toxic waste over West Virginia. In the 1960s Monsanto manufactured Agent Orange, the powerful herbicide used by the U.S. military to defoliate jungles during the Vietnam War, and which created a nightmarish scenario for the people exposed to the chemical. Agent Orange produced dioxin as a byproduct too. Up until 1971 the company produced highly toxic PCBs at a plant in Anniston, Alabama. Even though many loads of toxic waste have been hauled from the site, this part of Alabama remains onr of the most polluted areas in the U.S.
Today one small farmer has achieved victory over a the corporate giant, and Monsanto claims to have the interest of the peoples of the world at heart as it takes ownership of the food supply. But its blatant disregard for the will of the people and its devotion to its bottom line in spite of all else says it’s business as usual at Monsanto.
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