France overturns ban on GM crops

Source: France 24

France’s highest administrative body overturned two Ministry of Agriculture rulings on Monday banning the planting of genetically modified corn. Two government ministries quickly said they were looking for ways to continue blocking the crop.

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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