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Explosive: Monsanto ‘Knowingly Poisoned Workers’ Causing Devastating Birth Defects

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Wednesday 11 April 2012
“The family farmers say that major tobacco companies like the Philip Morris company asked them to use Monsanto’s herbicides and pesticides, assuring them that the products were safe.”
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In a developing news piece just unleashed by a courthouse news wire, Monsanto is being brought to court by dozens of Argentinean tobacco farmers who say that the biotech giant knowingly poisoned them with herbicides and pesticides and subsequently caused ”devastating birth defects” in their children. The farmers are now suing not only Monsanto on behalf of their children, but many big tobacco giants as well. The birth defects that the farmers say occurred as a result are many, and include cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, psychomotor retardation, missing fingers, and blindness.

The farmers come from small family-owned farms in Misiones Province and sell their tobacco to many United States distributors. The family farmers say that major tobacco companies like the Philip Morris company asked them to use Monsanto’s herbicides and pesticides, assuring them that the products were safe. Through asserting that the toxic chemicals were safe, the farmers state in their claim that the tobacco companies ”wrongfully caused the parental and infant plaintiffs to be exposed to those chemicals and substances which they both knew, or should have known, would cause the infant offspring of the parental plaintiffs to be born with devastating birth defects.”

The majority of the farmers in the area used Monsanto’s Roundup, an herbicide with the active ingredient glyphosate that has shown to be killing human kidney cells. What’s more, the farmers say that the tobacco companies pushed Monsanto’s Roundup on the farmers despite a lack of protective equipment. In other words, these farmers — many in dire economic conditions — were being directly exposed to Roundup in large concentrations without any protective gear (or even experience or skills in handling the substance). Still, the farmers say the tobacco giants required the struggling farmers to ‘purchase excessive quantities of Roundup and other pesticides’.

Most shocking, the farmers were ordered to discard leftover herbicides and pesticides in locations in which they leached directly into the water supply. With Monsanto’s Roundup already known to be contaminating the groundwater, this comes as a serious threat to pure water supplies.

The farmers end their landmark case with an explanation as to why the tobacco companies allowed Monsanto’s herbicides and pesticides to be unloaded on the small family farms in such vast quantities and purchased in excessive amounts. In their claim, the farmers state that the tobacco companies were ”motivated by a desire for unwarranted economic gain and profit,” with zero regard for the farmers and their infant children — many of which are now suffering from severe birth defects from Monsanto’s products.



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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

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Ditto on Moreaboutthat's

Ditto on Moreaboutthat's comment:

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Corporations are People, it seems to me that the Monsanto corporation is clearly demonstrating psychopathic tendencies and needs to be committed. This corporation is without conscience other than to generate profits for their executives and their stockholders, the rest of the world be damned.

It is clearly harming others.

How about compelling their board members to drink Roundup? After all, it's "safe."

Way to go Phidippides for a

Way to go Phidippides for a concerned, feeling citizen.

Reminds me of the Automobile Club member who protested in the '80s because the club published a photo on the front cover of the magazine one month showing cut eyes following a crash through the windscreen as part of the drive to get people to wear seat belts. She could have bought, installed and used seat belts for herself and her family once she was aware of the horror, but instead she cancelled her membership. I just hope none of her kids ever flew beltless through a windscreen.

One way to spread the article would be to cut and paste it, then you can exclude the photo if you find it so upsetting. Personally I didn't realise just what Monsanto meant until I saw that photo; it makes me want to take more action, not less.

So, the farmers polluted

So, the farmers polluted their own water under "orders" and they grew tobacco that kills millions, for "profit."

What goes around...

Don't worry too much though, 99.999% of all living things that ever existed on earth are already extinct. Humans won't be far behind.

I'm a racist. A human racist.

Well said, Leo.

Well said, Leo.

Agreed. The article is worth

Agreed. The article is worth forwarding, but with a photo like this attached, I can't.

Way to go Phidippides for a

Way to go Phidippides for a concerned, feeling citizen.

Reminds me of the Automobile Club member who protested in the '80s because the club published a photo on the front cover of the magazine one month showing cut eyes following a crash through the windscreen as part of the drive to get people to wear seat belts. She could have bought, installed and used seat belts for herself and her family once she was aware of the horror, but instead she cancelled her membership. I just hope none of her kids ever flew beltless through a windscreen.

One way to spread the article would be to cut and paste it, then you can exclude the photo if you find it so upsetting.

Personally I didn't realise just what Monsanto meant until I saw that photo; it makes me want to take more action, not less.

Now that the Supreme Court

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Corporations are People, it seems to me that the Monsanto corporation is clearly demonstrating psychopathic tendencies and needs to be committed. This corporation is without conscience other than to generate profits for their executives and their stockholders, the rest of the world be damned.

thank u Leo.

thank u Leo.

It is a photograph of Xuan

It is a photograph of Xuan Minh of Vietnam, taken sometime around 2005 when he was about 3 years old. He suffers from the birth defects caused by Agent Orange. The image is legitimate, not photoshopped. But this is not a child in South America, nor is it one of the children involved in the lawsuit this journalist is reporting on. I think that's irresponsible and diminishes his credibility, which is a real shame. This is an important story, a critical issue and one we should be all be paying attention to, but this kind of misleading presentation makes it harder to get the message out if the writer's credibility is put in question by his own actions. It got our attention, yes, but it's not one of the children in question.

Agreed. The article is worth

Agreed. The article is worth forwarding, but the photo makes that impossible to do with credibility.

are you blind???????

are you blind???????

Typical media conviction of a

Typical media conviction of a crime before any evidence is brought forward.

are you blind???????

are you blind???????

are you blind or just refuse

are you blind or just refuse to see? how many countries have to ban GMOs before the likes of you get the picture? Or just take a look at the picture above!

Bill Gates just dropped out

Bill Gates just dropped out of ALEC last week. We are boycotting ALL corporations that are members of ALEC and that includes Reynolds, etc..Who's who at alecexposed.org

Typical media conviction of a

Typical media conviction of a crime before any evidence is brought forward.

Monsanto should be prosecuted

Monsanto should be prosecuted criminally, not just civilly - for murder, among other crimes - in all of the many nations it has poisoned.

You can bet that money is the

You can bet that money is the root of ALL of Monsanto's nastey chemicals!
I for one transported their nastey chemicals that make up their product "Roundup". I transported it from Nashua New Hamshire to Luling ,LA where it is or use to be combined with other chemicals and bottled as "Roundup"
I also had a job working for an oil company delivering Diesel and Gasoline to the citrus groves in Indian River county Florida. There is so much "Roundup" being used under those citrus trees so as to keep the weeds down so the Irrigation spikes will be efficient. The ground is actually BLACK and very scary to withness!
I would never eat another piece of citrus fruit in my life. You can only know that those nasty chemicals are being absorbed though the roots and make their way to the fruit and ultimately into your body. Cancer! Huh! No pill in the world will cure you of anything! Eat organic fruit and have piece of mind.
I suppose I could write a book of the chemicals being thrown at us in the name of science. Wake up folks! Don't buy "Roundup" for any reason! Boycott Monsanto and other toxic companies out there. The future of our country is at stake for our Children!!We can not stand by and watch those money hungry Bastards anymore. Amen I transported Hazardous chemicals for approximately 27 years. Thank you for your insight and time.

Mr. Ehlers has a point. The

Mr. Ehlers has a point. The photo used is of Asian children, not South American. But, it did the job and got lots of people commenting.

Psst:

Psst: http://www.tineye.com/search/4e556baffdf7921880b1e80c66290d5739e4b89f/

That disturbing photo should

That disturbing photo should become the corporate face of Monsanto.

I have only read the first

I have only read the first few lines and seen the face of the child ... and say this to all who reads right now. Humanity is in the midst of the greatest awakening that we could ever imagine. Truths are unfolding, wild, incredible truths about things we only imagined. We simply need to stay in the light and drink pure water/food ... and realize that we are the ones we have been waiting for. To this little child and the photo and to your friends around you also in the photo - thank you for being the strongest of the strong and the bravest of the brave. We love you so much. Dawn ~ Galactic Free Press

This is nothing new - to wit:

This is nothing new - to wit: thalidomide,DDT, and the thousands of gallons of contaminates from fracking. Take your pick - there are hundreds more. Democracy is for sale and I cannot afford it

What can one say? We've been

What can one say? We've been had again. Placing our trust on our so called protectors only to be betrayed! One has to take everything with a grain of salt and trust only your inner self. Corporations, contrary to the supreme court declaration, are not thinking, feeling, caring, beings. On the pragmatic side, we need to get involved and keep fighting - we will prevail at the end - their end is near!

Unfortunately, we have no

Unfortunately, we have no protectors. The U.S. no longer pays regulators to regulate. We have weak standards and even weaker public policy than most developed countries. In fact our public policy is for sale and bought by the major corporations like Monsanto.

I believe Monsanto also

I believe Monsanto also helped develop Agent Orange. What makes you think that these defects are not associated with Round-Up, i.e how do you know better than the farmers ?

Jon A. Niedzwiecki Monsanto

Jon A. Niedzwiecki
Monsanto developed glyphosate, Agent Orange was devceloped under our government auspices. The kicker to Agent Orange was Dioxin added uder pressure and temperature. The two are not the same compounds-Agent Orange and Glyphosate nor is 2-4-D which was the compound in Agent Orange. Start your research here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_Orange

Tom, you're right. Round-Up

Tom, you're right. Round-Up is a successor to Agent Orange. http://www.organicconsumers.org/Monsanto/toxlegacy.cfm

Publishers/Editors, I

Publishers/Editors,
I researched the image ... birth defects associated with Agent Orange, not Round-Up.

For those of working on environmental issues, it hurts our credibility when we are not as transparent and forthright as we expect manufacturers to be.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
James Ehlers
Lake Champlain International
www.mychamplain.net

Mr. Ehlers has a point. The

Mr. Ehlers has a point. The photo used is of Asian children. But, having said that, it's clear the photo drew people to read the article and comment on it.

Round-Up is made up of two

Round-Up is made up of two carcinogens - not safe to use even if it doesn't cause birth defects. And how do we know what the company has added to it when they send it to other countries? Monsanto is not safe for children and other living things. They are using chemical warfare on the earth's people, wildlife and plants. part of the depopulation event?

Well done.

Well done.

Please keep in mind that when

Please keep in mind that when the author of this work touts "shown to be killing kidney cells" he is talking about experiments in a petri dish at high concentrations, not a living system with typical exposures. By comparison, glyphosate is tremendously safe relative to the alternatives.

But the alternatives are not made by Monsanto, so nobody really cares about those. Use away, even if they are ten times more toxic to workers and the environment!

Glyphosate is off patent and available over the counter for research. A few studies have shown conclusive and repeatable changes in vertebrate development at relevant concentrations. These alterations are minor, and there are no hard data, reproduced from independent labs, that says glyphosate causes the problems claimed.

If farmers are seeing increases in birth problems, then they also need to investigate other potential sources. It could be glyphosate, but based on the science, it is unlikely.

KevinFolta: It's been

KevinFolta: It's been difficult reading this Monsanto series, with speculative dangers of GM crops and ag chemicals stressed and real problems ignored. Not just the readers, but the author doesn't know what peer-reviewed or in-vitro is, or he just doesn't care.

Not just pesticide use, but mining, and all other kinds of resource extraction in third world countries, should hold corporations to the same legal and ethical standards as in the country where they are incorporated. However, family farmers in America are being GMO'd and chemicalled and financed into bankruptcy because their farms can be bought, amalgamated, and much more efficiently managed as part of a huge monoculture plantation of, say, Roundup-Ready soybeans, that can be weeded cheaply by air.

I'm not convinced Monsanto is the worst corporation on earth, but its patterns of environmental destruction, sending third world farmers to servitude or suicide, and its fake-conservation experts who insist Roundup is necessary to deal with Australian Tea trees in the Everglades, for example, are apt to be harmed by a campaign that is less factual than polemic.

Cheryl, what is your source?

Cheryl, what is your source? Just curious. Please direct me to a peer-reviewed publication.

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