Reuters has reported that 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 (meaning Monsanto). It’d be a shocker if such a verdict would be handed down in the United States. After the morning verdict, the share price of Monsanto dipped; and any US conservative justice (and a few liberal judges) would certainly take this possibility into consideration when ruling in a similar case in the United States.
By the way, about 20,000 farm workers die in third world nations every year from pesticide poisoning, much of which one can reasonably assume are products of Monsanto. So this verdict should have consequences worldwide, assuming, of course, that there are justices that cannot be bought. That apparently is the case in France. So US corporate conservatives (and some Democrats) naturally will invoke harsh criticism of France and verbally attack French fries.