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A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto(MON.N) guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.
Wet, dry, or gaseous forms of pesticides can be absorbed through the skin. This may occur if pesticides are allowed to get on the skin while mixing or applying, or if pesticide-contaminated clothing is not removed promptly and properly cleaned before being worn again. Oil or paste forms allow greater absorption through the skin than water-based pesticides. Some pesticides do not pass through the skin very readily. Others are quickly absorbed through the skin and can be as dangerous as if they were swallowed. Skin varies in its capacity to act as a barrier to pesticide absorption. The eyes, eardrums, scalp and groin areas absorb pesticides more quickly than other areas on the body. Damaged or open skin can be penetrated by a pesticide much more readily than healthy, intact skin. Once they are absorbed through skin, pesticides enter the blood stream and are carried throughout the body.
In the first such case heard in court in France, grain grower Paul Francois says he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto's (MON.N) Lasso weedkiller in 2004.
If a company expects its workers to be around pesticides, they should be required to supply them with Hazmat suits.
Unfortunately, common sense is apparently not as common as we would like. This is the reason my massive windsheld cover which covers the entire windshield, keep the car cooler inside when it's parked, and protects the top of the dahboard from UV radiation has a warning label on it: "Caution: do not drive with this windshield cover covering up the windshield".
Originally posted by Domo1
It's pretty easy to kill fish as I understand but I do fully agree that pesticides are very dangerous/bad for you. I think anyone with some common sense knows that.
So it had warnings...I guess he claimed they were inadequate. Maybe they forgot to include the warning "caution: do not use as mouthwash"? Lasso must be nasty stuff though, since it's been pulled off the market in several countries.
He blames the agri-business giant for not providing adequate warnings on the product label.
Originally posted by Domo1
Perhaps it would have been prudent to not inhale pesticides... If I go suck on my exhaust pipe and it gives me brain damage do I get to sue BMW? I'm no fan of Monsanto but this seems like a silly lawsuit. The obviously poisonous stuff didn't say it was poisonous...