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France Expected to Restore GMO Maize Ban

07 March 2012

FRANCE - France is expected to reinstate a ban on the cultivation of Monsanto's MON810 maize this week, which will prevent the genetically modified grain being sown this year.

The French government called on the European Commission last month to suspend the authorisation to grow Monsanto's genetically modified MON810 corn in the EU.

France banned the growing of MON810 corn in 2008, the only GM crop approved for planting in the European Union, citing environmental risks.

France's high court ruled against the ban in November, following a similar decision by the European Court of Justice last September, leading the government to say it would look at all ways to maintain the freeze on GM planting.

It is expected that France will publish a safety clause banning the growing of MON810 maize this week.

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