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Monsanto Bow to French Ban on GM Maize Seed in 2012

Immediate release (25 Jan 2012)

Calls to: Pete Riley 07903 341 065.

Monsanto has announced that they will not be selling seeds for their GM maize MON810 in France [1] this year following an announcement last week that the French Government would seek to extend their ban [2] on its cultivation despite a ruling in the French Courts that the current ban was under the wrong EU legislation. [3]

Monsanto had originally challenged the ban which was first introduced in 2008 because of concerns about the safety of the maize for health and the environment.

Commenting Pete Riley of GM Freeze said:

The decision by Monsanto not to market MON810 seeds in France in 2012 is yet another sign that Monsanto has failed to convince the public or policy makers that there is any benefit to growing to growing GM crops. This needs to be acknowledged by industry and politicians and there should be a big shift to agricultural research and development which addresses the future sustainability of farming in Europe. EU policy needs to forget about the bottom line of biotech corporations and focus on developing agroecological farming which provides for the needs of farmers, consumers, the environment and future generations.



[1] France Soir, 30 January 2012. “Monsanto : Pas de vente de maïs transgénique en France en 2012

[2] Reuters, 13 January 2012. “Update 1 – France Upholds Ban on Monsanto GM Maize

[3] Reuters, 28 November 2011. “French Court Annuls Ban on Growing Monsanto GMO Maize