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France retains ban on GM Maize despite EU Court opinion

The French government still refuses to lift its ban on growing genetically modified corn in France, despite the European Court of Justice saying that France's 2008 prohibition against Monsanto's MON810 variety was out of line on procedural grounds.

In reply to the EU Court’s comment, the French minister for the environment, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, told reporters she was convinced now more than ever that MON810 should be kept from French fields, according to the French daily Le Figaro.

MON810 is one of only two commercially grown GM crops in Europe. Under the current EU system, authorisation for GM crops is given at the European level, after the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) complete a health and environmental safety assessment.

A proposal has been made by the European Commission to change the current system so that each country can decide on its own to "opt out" of transgenic crops. But that has yet to be approved by member states. Meanwhile, France and five other countries have used a "safeguard clause" in the current law to ban cultivation of the approved crops.

But the EU court ruled that France should have told the European Commission about the ban ahead of time. In her reaction, Kosciusko-Morizet said that France will invoke the safeguard clause again, and that the ban on MON810 will stay in place in the meantime. EFSA and France's own Food Safety Agency have both said the ban on MON810 is unjustified.

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    Roger Pelizzari

    France is very wise to maintain it's GMO ban...

    In the US, Monsanto's Corn Is Toppling Over

    "As the summer growing season draws to a close, 2011 is emerging as the year of the superinsect - the year pests officially developed resistance to Monsanto's genetically engineered (ostensibly) bug-killing corn.

    "In late July scientists in Iowa documented the existence of corn rootworms (a ravenous pest that attacks the roots of corn plants) that can happily devour corn plants that were genetically tweaked specifically to kill them. Monsanto's corn, engineered to express a toxic gene from a bacterial insecticide called Bt, now accounts for 65 percent of the corn planted in the US.

    "The superinsect scourge has also arisen in Illinois and Minnesota.

    "'Monsanto's insect-killing corn is toppling over in northwestern Illinois fields, a sign that rootworms outside of Iowa may have developed resistance to the genetically modified crop,' reports Bloomberg. In southern Minnesota, adds Minnesota Public Radio, an entomologist has found corn rootworms thriving, Bt corn plants drooping, in fields.

    "[A] 2008 study, conducted by University of Missouri researchers and published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that within three generations, rootworms munching Monsanto's Bt corn survived at the same rate as rootworms munching pesticide-free corn-meaning that complete resistance had been achieved. Takeaway message: rootworms are capable of evolving resistance to Monsanto's corn in 'rapid' fashion."

    - "Monsanto Denies Superinsect Science," by Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, September 8, 2011

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    Jerry Emerson

    Since some curious folks understand the connection between the folks who created the EU, the UN, the WTO, etc., and their monetary supporters - I offer a huge bravo to the lady for standing out against them.

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    I am with French government's refusal in lifting its ban on all GMO products for that matter. Hybrids may be but GMO's never! Defend your position @ all cost France!

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