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French farmer wins case against Monsanto

Monsanto has been found guilty of the chemical poisoning of a French farmer.

Grain farmer Paul Francois said he began to suffer from neurological problems after inhaling Lasso, a Monsanto weedkiller, in 2004. He claimed Monsanto did not provide adequate warnings on the product's label. The ruling came down from a court in Lyon, France, today, although damages have yet to be determined.

Francois' layer told Reuters that this is the first time a pesticide maker has been found guilty of such a poisoning, and could lend weight to similar claims.

Monsanto said it was disappointed with the decision and would consider an appeal.

France is targeting a 50 per cent reduction in pesticide use between 2008 and 2018. Initial results show a four per cent cut in farm and non-farm pesticide use from 2008 to 2010.

Colleen Kimmett reports for The Tyee.

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