In Germany this week US biotech king Monsanto lost in court.
A genetically modified maize (corn) MON 810 maize created by Monsanto was declared a danger to the environment.
(To say nothing about its effects on human and animal health!-editor)
In Brunswick, Germany the administrative court denied the company an emergency injunction against the ban on MON 810 maize. The court said this modified crop is resistant to crop-destroying insects BUT ” poses a risk as laid out in genetic technology law”. Recent studies indicated that MON 810 not only produced a substance toxic to predators, but also to other insects and that the plant’s pollen spread further than originally thought. (1).
Last year France deferred cultivation approval for the genetically modified Bt maize MON810, pending a review of the approval by the relevant European authorities. The government in Paris invoked a safeguard clause enshrined in EU law, whilst at the same time announcing an eightfold increase in funding for agro-biotechnology research to 45 million euros. France deferred cultivation approval for the genetically modified Bt 810 maize , pending a review of the approval by the relevant European authorities. The government in Paris has invoked a safeguard clause enshrined in EU law. (2
When will the USA ban Monsanto ?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
1. Excerpts courtesy of www.seeddaily.com German court rules against US biotech giant Monsanto (AFP) May 5, 2009.
2. Excerpts courtesy of http://www.gmo-safety.eu January 14, 2008.
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