Biotech giant Monsanto has announced it is giving up on plans to sell genetically modified (GM) maize in France, despite winning a key court ruling last year.
In November, France’s highest court overturned the 2008 ban on cultivating Monsanto’s MON810, an insect-resistant strain of maize which is grown in several European countries. The court ruled that the Government had not produced enough evidence to back its claims that the GM crop posed a significant risk to health or the environment.
That ruling was prompted by a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling in September, in a case brought by Monsanto.
But earlier this month French environment and agriculture ministers revealed that, despite the ruling, they were planning to reintroduce the moratorium on MON810 maize before spring sowings start.
This has proved to be the final straw for Monsanto, which said this week that it had no longer had any plans to market its GM maize in France.Read the rest of the article here. :D
Now if only the fuckers would go belly up!