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FRENCH COURT RULING FAVORS GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN

04/25/2016

The top administrative court in France overturned a 2014 ban on genetically modified (GM) corn earlier this month. The April 15, 2016, ruling overturned a March 2014 decree that prohibited Monsanto's MON 810 corn, stating that the corn did not demonstrate serious health or environmental risks, as required by the European Union's rules for withdrawing a GM crop already approved by the EU. But the ruling was largely symbolic, as France has already legislatively banned the growing of any GM corn. GM crops are controversial in Europe and have been strongly opposed by France, citing potential environmental harms. The EU authorized Monsanto's MON 810 corn, the only GM corn currently grown in the EU, but excluded France from that authorization due to France's strong objection. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-france-gmo-court-idUKKCN0XC1HZ.