France overturns ban on GM crops


France 24
November 30, 2011

France’s highest administrative body has annulled rules suspending the planting of genetically modified corn, but two key ministries quickly said the government is still looking for ways to block such crops.

The Council of State, acting on a complaint from U.S.-based agricultural company Monsanto and other interested parties, on Monday annulled two Agriculture Ministry rulings from 2007 and 2008 that suspended the planting of Monsanto MON 810 modified corn.

Monday’s ruling cited a failure to establish not only the urgency of suspending genetically modified corn but also the existence of a health risk to humans, animals or the environment.

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