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Monsanto poisoned French farmer, court rules

Decision could lead to more claims against the agricultural giant

A court in France ruled today that Monsanto is responsible for the chemical poisoning of a French farmer. The ruling may lead to increased litigation over claims of chemical poisoning against the agricultural giant.

The farmer, 47-year-old Paul Francois, said he suffered various symptoms—including memory loss, headaches and stammering—after he accidentally inhaled Lasso weed killer, a Monsanto product, in 2004. He said in his suit that Monsanto did not adequately warn about the health dangers of Lasso.


Cathleen Flahardy

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