• French court confirms Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning

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    A French court upheld on Thursday a 2012 ruling in which
    Monsanto was found guilty of chemical poisoning of a French
    farmer, who says he suffered neurological problems after
    inhaling the U.S. company's Lasso weedkiller.

    The decision by an appeal court in Lyon, southeast France,
    confirmed the initial judgment, the first such case heard in
    court in France, that ruled Monsanto was "responsible" for the
    intoxication and ordered the company to "fully compensate" grain
    grower Paul Francois.

    Monsanto's lawyer said the U.S. biotech company would now take
    the case to France's highest appeal court.

    Francois, who says he suffered memory loss, headaches and
    stammering after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso in 2004, blames the
    agri-business giant for not providing adequate warnings on the
    product label.

    Lasso, a pre-emergent soil-applied herbicide that has been used
    since the 1960s to control grasses and broadleaf weeds in farm
    fields, was banned in France in 2007 after the product had
    already been withdrawn in other countries such as Canada,
    Belgium and Britain.

    Monsanto phased out of Lasso in the United States several years
    ago for commercial reasons, its spokesman in France said.

    Though it once was a top-selling herbicide, it gradually lost
    popularity, and critics say several studies have shown links to
    a range of health problems.

    Monsanto said in a statement after the ruling that experts,
    including those nominated by the French civil court, had not
    found any causal link between the alleged accidental exposure
    and the alleged damages for which Francois claims compensation.

    The company's lawyer, Jean-Daniel Bretzner, said a potential
    fine to compensate for the farmer's loss would be decided after
    the decision of the highest court but he said that in any case
    it would be very low.

    "We are speaking about modest sums of money or even nonexistent.
    He already received indemnities (by insurers) and there is a
    fundamental rule that says that one does not compensate twice
    for a loss, if any," Jean-Daniel Bretzner said.

    Lasso is not Monsanto's sole herbicide accused of being harmful.

    The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of
    the World Health Organization (WHO), said in March that
    glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, one of the
    world's most used herbicides, was "probably carcinogenic to

    Monsanto reacted to the finding in June by demanding a
    retraction, labeling the findings by a team of international
    cancer scientists as "junk science."

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