The French Minister for Agriculture banned by decree commercialization, use and cultivation of the genetically modified maize MON 810, produced by the U.S. Monsanto group. The commercialization, use and cultivation of seed generation genetically modified maize MON 810 is prohibited in national territory until the adoption of a final judgment and measures by the European Union, said the decree.
A bill that would prohibit the cultivation of corn in France is expected to be debated in the National Assembly on April 10. But Agriculture Minister stated that there was an urgent need because of the proximity of the onset of the sowing issue now of prohibition. The decree states that the precautionary principle justifies the adoption of restrictive measures.
Given reliable scientific data and very recent results of an international research, the initiation of culture varieties MON 810 maize seeds without appropriate control measures would create a serious risk to the environment and risk of spreading harmful organisms that have become resistant, says the text. The Council of State annulled last year a decree banning MON 810 was issued in 2011 and whose renewal is examined by the European Union. The Member States have the possibility to prohibit in their territories a genetically modified organism for which authorization has been granted by the EU.
By Nicole P.