France erred in its ban on genetically altered corn, the European Union’s high court ruled, clarifying the means by member states can invoke a safeguard clause against cultivation of genetically modified organisms.
Agricultural giant Monsanto had sought review after France banned a type of genetically modified corn used in animal feed.
The EU authorized the corn, which contains genes modified to combat a corn parasite, in 1998.
Under EU rules, authorization for the corn expired in 2007. By the next year, France invoked a “safeguard clause” preventing cultivation of the maize within its borders. Monsanto, meanwhile, has applied for renewal of authorization, which is still pending.
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