The farmer, Paul Francois, said he suffered damages to his health while applying Lasso, ( a Monsanto herbicide), on his maize crap.
The appeal court specified that that Monsanto was “responsible” for poisoning the farmer with its Lasso weedkiller and ordered the US biotech giant to fully compensate Francois.
Monsanto has denied that their product is a dangerous chemical. Their US material safety data sheet reveals that Lasso is a cancer causing agent and the precautions need to be taken before it can be used. The material safety data sheet is available here:
Lasso is marketed as alachlor in the US and the EPA data sheet reveals significant health problems associated with the herbicide. Alachlor was the second most widely used herbicide in the United States, with particularly heavy use on corn and soybeans in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.