Monsanto has been sued by dozens of Argentinean tobacco farmers who contend that the biotech giant knowingly poisoned them with herbicides and pesticides. The farmers say that as a result, this caused “devastating birth defects” in their children. The farmers are now suing, not only Monsanto on behalf of their children, but a number of the big tobacco giants as well. The birth defects that the farmers say occurred as a result of the Defendants’ actions include cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, psychomotor retardation, missing fingers, and blindness. The suit was filed by the Plaintiffs in a Delaware Court.
The farmers come from small family-owned farms in Misiones Province and sell their tobacco to many United States distributors. The family farmers allege that major tobacco companies such as the Philip Morris company asked them to use Monsanto’s herbicides and pesticides, assuring them that the products were safe.
In their claim, the farmers allege 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 whom are now suffering from severe birth defects from Monsanto’s products. It will be most interesting to see how this case develops as it goes through the judicial system.
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