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RE: [ronpaul-93] Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in FRANCE? Why not in the USA?

From: Mike B.
Sent on: Thursday, October 18, 2012 5:25 PM
Ken, you are spreading a myth about GMO crops as 
only a few of them (some fruit) are seedless.
http://www.npr.or...­
Non GMO seeds will most likely always be available.

Mike
At 04:47 PM 10/18/2012, you wrote:
>For those concerned about the cost of Prop 37, 
>please note that GMO crops are seedless. As soon 
>as seed is unavailable from non-GMO foods, guess 
>what happens to the price of the GMO seeds and the cost of food.
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>Ken-
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>Subject: [ronpaul-93] Monsanto Guilty of 
>Chemical Poisoning in FRANCE? Why not in the USA?
>Date: Thu, 18 Oct[masked]:54:48 -0400
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>This report, which I've read other places, 
>explains a related issue to GMO's.  Monsanto has 
>developed GMO's to withstand insecticides.  The 
>only problem is, the insects have developed an 
>immunity to it, so farmers worldwide that grow 
>GMO's have to use more and more quantities, and 
>this farmer in France just won a lawsuit over 
>this issue because after years of this, he is 
>the first one that was able to make the 
>connection between bad health and the GMO's causing overuse of the insecticide.
>
>So for those who believe that Prop 37 is just 
>about labeling and haven't made the connection 
>to this subject and think it simply about 
>stomping down someones choice, need to read this 
>article.  The U.S. is well known for being the 
>holdout country in banning things like 
>this.  Roundup insect spray, for instance, is 
>just as dangerous here as the insecticide that was eventually banned in France.
>
>Leigh
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>Court Rules Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France
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>Rachel Cernansky
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>A French court has declared Monsanto—the 
>American biotechnology giant driving growth of 
>geneticallly engineered crops around the world, 
>and the world's largest seed company—guilty of 
>chemical poisoning of a French farmer, Reuters reports.<
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>The case involved Paul Francois, a cereal farmer 
>who said that after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso 
>weedkiller (which has since been banned in 
>France) in 2004, he suffered neurological 
>problems including memory loss, headaches and 
>stammering. He blamed Monsanto for not providing 
>adequate warnings on the product label.
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>The court's decision—in the first case of its 
>kind in Franceâ—is significant because in the 
>past, like with many health consequences from 
>industry or pollution, farmers have been unable 
>to prove a direct link between illnesses and 
>exposure to pesticides. ("It's like lying on a 
>bed of thorns and trying to say which one cut 
>you," is how another farmer, who couldn't 
>pinpoint a specific incident that led to his 
>bout with prostate cancer, described the burden 
>of proof—quote taken also from the Reutters story.)
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>More from Reuters:
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>"I am alive today, but part of the farming 
>population is going to be sacrificed and is 
>going to die because of this," Francois, 47, told Reuters.
>
>He and other farmers suffering from illness set 
>up an association last year to make a case that 
>their health problems should be linked to their 
>use of crop protection products.
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>The agricultural branch of the French social 
>security system says that since 1996, it has 
>gathered farmers' reports of sickness 
>potentially related to pesticides, with about 200 alerts a year.
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>But only about 47 cases have been recognized as 
>due to pesticides in the past 10 years. 
>Francois, who suffers from neurological 
>problems, obtained work invalidity status only after a court appeal.
>
>The ruling has potential to give leverage to 
>other health claims against pesticides. (Or not. Stay tuned.)
>
>Silence in the face of evil is itself evil;  God will not hold us guiltless.
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>   Not to  speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act."  Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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