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

From: Leigh S.
Sent on: Friday, October 19, 2012 8:26 AM
Mike,
 
This article is from NPR, a liberal website that I have personally found to be unreliable in what they report, especially in issues like health freedom.
 
And Monsanto may promise not to use the sterile seed, but lab tests are already proving that they are using it.  Do you really trust a chemical company to produce safe food sources?  That's like trusting pharmaceutical companies to produce safe drugs.
 
Leigh
It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. Samuel Adams
Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. Frederic Bastiat



From: Mike Benoit <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thu, October 18,[masked]:29:13 PM
Subject: RE: [ronpaul-93] Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in FRANCE? Why not in the USA?

Ken, you are spreading a myth about GMO crops as only a few of them (some fruit) are seedless.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/10/18/163034053/top-five-myths-of-genetically-modified-seeds-busted
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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> Subject: [ronpaul-93] Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in FRANCE? Why not in the USA?
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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.
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> 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.
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> Court Rules Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France
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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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> "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.
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> 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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> The ruling has potential to give leverage to other health claims against pesticides. (Or not. Stay tuned.)
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