Monsanto forced to pay $ 93 million to small town for poisoning citizens

Monsanto forced to pay $ 93 million to small town for poisoning citizens

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By Christina Sarich

The deal was approved last year, but details were worked out just a week ago on how the funds will be spent.

The agreement (1) will require Monsanto to do the following:

- $ 9 million will be spent to clean dioxin-contaminated dust from 4,500 homes.

- $ 21 million will be spent to test to see if people have been poisoned with dioxin.

-Citizens will be monitored for said intoxication for 30 years, not just for a few months.

-An additional $ 63 million will be added if additional testing for dioxin contamination is needed.

-Anyone living in the Nitro area between January 1, 1948 and September 3, 2010 will be tested for dioxin. Although they must prove they lived in the area, they will be candidates for testing even if they no longer live on Nitro.

-Current or past Monsanto employees will not be candidates for any of these benefits.

-An office will be established to organize the tests of Nitro citizens. The registration of participants will be overseen by Charleston attorney Thomas Flaherty, who was appointed by the court.

Residents have the right to individually sue Monsanto if medical evidence shows physical harm due to dioxin exposure.

Monsanto Produced Toxic Chemicals in Nitro How were Nitro citizens exposed to dioxin? Monsanto was producing the toxic herbicide Agent Orange in Nitro, and dioxin is a chemical by-product of the substance. It is known to cause serious health conditions (2). The factory that produced Agent Orange was opened in Nitro in 1948 and remained in operation until 2004, despite the fact that the use of this herbicide in the past (in Vietnam and other Asian countries) was fatal for millions of citizens and veterans. of war exposed to him.

“There is no doubt that during and after the war, the Vietnamese absorbed this extremely toxic material [dioxin]. We believe, based on toxicological and epidemiological studies in many countries, that this dioxin is likely to result in severe health effects in Vietnam. " - Arnold Schecter and John Constable (3) “It's been a very long journey,” attorney Stuart Calwell told The Charleston Gazette. Calwell represented residents of the Nitro area in a class action lawsuit that forced Monsanto to settle.

“Dioxin policies have been bitterly debated since the Vietnam War, but… we know there is a health issue and we hope that people will have their homes cleaned and the risk ends and those exposed in the past will have the benefit of monitor your health. "

Nitro people still need to fill out a registration to receive the benefits outlined in the agreement. Due to the crucial nature of this landmark settlement, the citizens of Nitro need to be involved as much as possible to set a precedent for other class action lawsuits that farmers and consumers of GMO food around the world may bring against Monsanto in the future to finally defeat them. If enough of us do this at the same time, even in theory their bulging coffers will be depleted, and we can enjoy a world without being poisoned with death.

While this case does not involve glyphosate (4), another deadly substance used in Monsanto herbicides like RoundUp, its time will come.






Translation; Ignacia Guzman Zuloaga

Video: 03-09-2020 Dr. Vandana Shiva on food sovereignty and alter-globalization. (July 2022).


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