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France OKs Monsanto On Farms

A French administrative body overturned a ban on Monsanto genetically-modified seeds -- but how long will it stay in effect?

corn field

Photo: AgriLife Today (flickr)

The seed in question, Monsanto's MON 18, is genetically modified corn seeds designed to resist pests.

Are GMOs a go in France?

The top French administrative body overturned a ban on Monsanto Monday, allowing genetically-modified seeds to make their way onto French farms.

The Council of State, who overturned the ban, argued there wasn’t evidence to support the claim that GMOs harm animal or human health. However, supporters of the ban argue not enough research has been done to prove that point.

The government might look into a new ban. President Nicolas Sarkozy has said before that he would find a way to keep GMOs from being planted.

The seed in question is Monsanto MON 18 corn, which is genetically modified to include a bacteria that makes it resistant to pests.

Read More:

  • French court annuls ban on Monsanto GM crops (AFP)
  • French body annuls rulings that suspended planting of Monsanto genetically modified corn (Washington Post)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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  • ajkmsteph

    get the facts straight -for goodness sake — they don’t contain bacteria. Its a bacterial gene (from bacteria used in organic farming) that is in the plants. Is it no wonder people are so ignorant of technology

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