The agriculture biotechnology giant Monsanto Company has been found guilty by a French court of chemically poisoning 47 year-old Paul Francois, a French grain farmer.
Reuters reports that Francois has suffered long-term neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stuttered speech since 2004, ever since an incident in which he inhaled Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller while cleaning the tank of his crop sprayer. The product did not carry a sufficient warning label, he argued in court.
His ailments from that incident have left him unable to work, and he eventually gained invalidity status through a court appeal.
The court in Lyon is now seeking expert opinion to determine how much the company will be required to compensate Francois financially for his damages.
Lasso has been prohibited in the European Union since 2006, after several studies showed its main herbicidal ingredient, alachlor, had a direct link to health problems in farmers.
Alachlor is still legal in the United States, though the Environmental Protection Agency has set its maximum contaminant level of alachlor in water at 0.002 mg/L, or 2 parts per billion (ppb).
The agency’s recommended level, however, is zero. That recommendation, it says, is “based on the best available science to prevent potential health problems.”
via Monsanto Found Guilty of Poisoning French Farmer | Food Safety News.
Experimentation and fun will make Anna an even better photog – and these are great now!
The three primary social innovations are:
Choice-creating … this is the heartfelt quality of thinking where people face difficult issues, think together creatively and collaboratively, and achieve unanimous, breakthrough solutions. It’s similar to “decision-making” in that we come up with group answers, but it’s different in that it’s not voting and it’s not consensus. (See the chart comparing decision-making, consensus, and choice-creating.)
Dynamic Facilitation … here is a way to reliably evoke the spirit of choice-creating in groups, where they achieve win/win perspectives on difficult, ill-defined issues. (See the chart comparing Dynamic Facilitation with traditional facilitation.)
The Wisdom Council … here is a way to evoke the spirit of choice-creating throughout a large system of people, like an organization, city or nation. The Wisdom Council uses small groups of randomly selected people, plus Dynamic Facilitation to create a voice of the public interest and to facilitate the new conversation. Through experience we’ve discovered different forms of Wisdom Council including:
The Creative Insight Council is a special form of the Wisdom Council that leaders in government can use to achieve breakthrough progress on impossible-seeming public issues.
The Wisdom Council Process is a structural change that creates an ongoing voice of “We the People.”
via Center for Wise Democracy ::.
Snowing here today – wings alright – beautiful thoughts
Shameful and a set back for Lebanon as a whole – perhaps
last June, all 193 member states signed the Rio+20 Declaration which includes the recognition of the human right to water and sanitation as a universal right.
Specifically zeroing on the role of the private sector, Barlow told IPS that corporations are among those pledging their support for IYWC.
Aguas de Barcelona, the water company at the heart of a fierce debate in Spain over control of drinking water, is participating, she pointed out.
So are “corporations who fought us on the right to water are now scrambling to claim it in their own image”.
She quoted Nestle as saying that 1.5 percent of the world’s water should be put aside for the poor and rest should be put on the open market.
If Nestle gets its way, she argued, there will one day be a water cartel similar to big oil, making life and death decisions about who gets water and under what circumstances every day.
“But at least we have this recognised and acknowledged right that no one should be allowed to appropriate water for personal gain while others die from an inability to pay for water,” she said.
With time, “we will build consensus around the right to water and the understanding that water is a common heritage and a public trust.”
via IPS – U.N.’s Water Agenda at Risk of Being Hijacked by Big Business | Inter Press Service.