France Defeats Monsanto

Gordon Davidson writes in the Scottish Farmer:

France has held firm in its opposition to Monsanto’s genetically modified MON 810 maize [trade name: YieldGard] – and the agri-chemical multinational has admitted defeat.

Monsanto had been putting legal pressure on the French government to lift its 2008 cultivation ban on MON 810, firstly with a successful appeal to the European Court of Justice, then with a follow-up case heard in France’s own highest court, the Council of State.But despite both these institutions ruling that the ban was “insufficiently justified in law”, the French Government, backed by President Sarkozy, has insisted that it will still not allow cultivation of the biotech maize.


Now Monsanto has announced that it would not be selling seeds for MON810 in France this year.

France’s stand – and Monsanto’s capitulation – has been warmly welcomed by anti-GM lobbyists GM Freeze, whose campaign director Pete Riley said: “The decision by Monsanto not to market MON810 seeds in France in 2012 is yet another sign that Monsanto has failed to convince the public or policy makers that there is any benefit to growing to growing GM crops…

[continues in the Scottish Farmer]

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  • Valinora

    Nice to see some countries standing up to the corporate bullying of Monsatan.

  • DeepCough

    Nice to see some countries give a shit about decent agriculture.

    • Jin The Ninja

      if you are to compliment the french on anything, you would hard pressed to find a more suitable compliment than their love of terroir, biologique (organic), and artisanal foodstuffs, and the respect that comes from the best products produced by tradition- which of course does NOT include gmo and pesticide laden, factory garbage masquerading as ‘food’.

  • Anarchy Pony

    So when does the invasion begin?

    • Mamagriff50

      Not soon enough…….lol

  • Mamagriff50

    The U.S. needs to jump on the band-wagon with these other countries. They put people and the environment first it seems, unlike the U.S. Their sees are genetically modified. THAT IS NOT GOOD! Umpteen tests have allready proven this. But here in the great ole USA the mighty dollar trumps common sense, people and the environment. Maybe we should all move to France or one of the other countries with a ban on Monsantos seeds.

    • Jin The Ninja

      i’ve seen a very cool walled 13th century templar castle for sale situated on a mountain, with 300 acres of forest…price on request though… maybe pooling of resources? lol

      • Calypso_1

        …is the castle in a country with ambiguous and secretive banking laws?

        • Jin The Ninja

          well i was thinking, we could get turks and caicos citizenship and just stash the money in combination malaysia, brunei and singapore banks under corporate shell entities.

          • Anarchy Pony

            If only I had assets to liquidate…

          • Jin The Ninja

            me too….

          • Calypso_1

            From there we can plan the liberation of the moon colony.

            LUNA LIBRE!

          • Jin The Ninja

            i don’t know if my ninpo is formidable enough to deal with the necromorphs we’ll find in the alien ruins…

          • Calypso_1

            There are some Tengu you should meet.
            Your dreamtime may not be pleasant, but it it will be…instructional.

          • Jin The Ninja

            Tengu- Poison Shadow Blade Technique. came away with a few scars….but all in all…informative.

          • Calypso_1

            Now you must lean to transmute the poison.

          • Jin The Ninja

            I have heard rumours that the Daoist Sage and master alchemist Ge Hong left a hidden chapter on poisons in Mt. Luofu’s  Golden Dragon Temple.

            *note i corrected the name of the jutsu i ‘learned’ from the tengu. initial mis-translation on my part- i apologise.

      • Mamagriff50

        Let me see what I have left after I pay bills.       lol

  • Heath

    One look at the food culture in France is all one needs to see in reference to why. Quality, freshness and purity of product are keys in French cuisine. To grow a product like that in France is to insure not only the consumer is getting a tainted good, but it will most certainly hurt the grower and the merchant of these GMO foods because people will simply refuse to buy them.

  • MarshaJSmith

    France cares about the French people, now how about the U>S.

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