France bans Monsanto GM maize


France's government has banned Monsanto's (MON) MON 810 genetically modified maize even though the country's highest court has twice struck down similar measures.

The agriculture ministry timed the latest diktat to prevent any sowing of the maize ahead of a debate on April 10 of a draft law that would ban genetically modified organisms.

While France would like to ban GMOs in the EU, the bloc is divided on the issue.

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  • 11146471
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    Fine decision by France, that will protect European health and environment from long term hazardous consequences.

     

    USA can keep its fracking and modified seeds for themselves.
    16 Mar 2014, 05:06 AM Reply Like
  • capitalpreservation
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    The French socialist government is widely seen as anti-industry and this latest attempt to ban GM maize is a protectionist policy. Large quantities of maize seed produced in France are inferior to GM varieties so, given their track record, it is hardly surprising that the government wants them banned. No doubt the government would also like to ban foreign cars so that lossmaking basket case Peugeot Citroen could at long last make a profit. France also banned fracking despite the fact that it has been shown to be as safe as coal mining in the US. Such policies are continuing to reduce the competitive ability of French industry and help explain why the country is in such an economic mess with very little inward investment compared to the UK. From the viewpoint of the UK - long may these crazy French policies continue as they make it easy for our companies to outcompete their French counterparts.
    16 Mar 2014, 06:50 AM Reply Like
  • 12803511
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    Which chemical/oil company do you work for? Or, are you living in a vacuum?
    16 Mar 2014, 12:09 PM Reply Like
  • mitrado
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    Nah. He's probably invested in Monsanto and he'd rather see people getting sick than losing money.
    17 Mar 2014, 05:58 AM Reply Like
  • samuraitrader
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    yes, banning GMOs is protectionist, its protecting the people from poison. Canada banned Syngenta GMO corn too. GMO corn has been linked to cancer tumors. Do your homework.

     

    Fracking is an environmental disaster. The US will regret that too.
    16 Mar 2014, 08:00 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Do you have links to legitimate research connecting gmos and cancer?

     

    Even liberal news outlets like slate agree that the war against gmo foods is full of bs

     

    http://slate.me/1qIncQO
    16 Mar 2014, 08:28 AM Reply Like
  • tomlos
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    Do you care to provide some sources and to actual science, not junk science please.
    16 Mar 2014, 08:40 AM Reply Like
  • samuraitrader
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    do your homework. do you know how to use Google? then define "junk science." is it science that goes against your belief system?
    16 Mar 2014, 11:01 AM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    You could have just said that you did not care to provide sources of your junk science...
    16 Mar 2014, 03:14 PM Reply Like
  • fredericpc
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    Seems like Brazil just decided to do the same thing.
    16 Mar 2014, 12:04 PM Reply Like
  • ajkmsteph2
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    do what ban GMOs no they are doing the opposite
    16 Mar 2014, 09:28 PM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    They should ban Round-Up but pretty much everyone should. I wonder if they will try to get DDT approved again now that weeds are becoming immune to Round-Up.
    16 Mar 2014, 01:16 PM Reply Like
  • samuraitrader
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    Moon, they went to Agent Orange instead.

     

    http://nyti.ms/OldGUM
    16 Mar 2014, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    As soon as malaria is a problem in developed countries again, you betcha they will get DDT approved for use...
    16 Mar 2014, 03:19 PM Reply Like
  • eomccormick
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    Not likely, but they have something else called 2,4-D a component of Agent Orange that is now being used and which is even stronger than Round-up. The science is in and, glyphosate, one of the ingredients in Round-up is much worse than originally thought and at lower doses. What makes it even more dangerous is the combination of the proprietary ingredients that Monsanto uses that makes it even more potent to all of us but in particular children and pets who have higher metabolic rates and are lower to the ground. There's a new GMO Kentucky Blue grass coming out from Dow that is only being produced to sell more Round-up. The grass will be able to tolerate Round-up which means you can now spray it all over your lawn rather than just in spots and kill even more children and pets. We're going to try and ban it.
    16 Mar 2014, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • sethmcs
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    DDT is great stuff almost wiped out bedbugs.
    16 Mar 2014, 11:59 PM Reply Like
  • 21388691
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    Monsanto is the corporate devil. As an American, I am ashamed of the atrocities that this evil conglomerate does to our farmers and our food supply. Those who profit off this disgusting organization should be ashamed. It is so hard to eat clean in this country, and it costs at least double of eating the fake food that comes from these GMOs. Buy #TFM - eat clean! I'm proud of you, France! Vive la France!
    17 Mar 2014, 08:55 AM Reply Like
  • 11146471
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    Unfortunately my friend concerning nutrition our leaders have segregated people into three distinct categories:

     

    1. Low income: Hunger
    2. Medium income: Fast Food and GMO
    3. High income: Organic
    17 Mar 2014, 09:16 AM Reply Like
  • 21388691
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    It's a true Machiavellian story, isn't it? Although fast food is a choice, even the low income folks don't have to make it. Even Aldi has an organic line now. I saw MCD was up the other day. Who buys this stuff? Ewwwww.
    17 Mar 2014, 09:48 AM Reply Like
  • PeteCal
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    Let's see. More food per acre using less water, less fertilizer less herbaside and less insecticide. It must be bad.
    17 Mar 2014, 09:16 AM Reply Like
  • 11146471
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    Yeah, and more human drugs. Good for biotech!
    17 Mar 2014, 09:19 AM Reply Like
  • 21388691
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    Do you really think playing with Mother Nature like that comes at no cost? The cost is way too high for my family. Monsanto is destroying the farmers who produce real, heirloom food by sabotaging their crops with their poisonous seeds and then swooping in to sue them for having their nasty GMO seeds on their property! There will be a final judgment, I am sure of that. Besides, these pests are morphing year after year to become resisitent to everything - you do know that MON is now using Agent Orange? Enjoy your GMO dinner, Pete.
    17 Mar 2014, 09:43 AM Reply Like
  • dummsack
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    213, i admire your idealistic vantage point regarding GMOs. However, do you realize that we dont have enough farmland to feed the world by growing "organically"? Not to mention the yield losses due to drought, bugs, etc. the consequence of not using GMOs is having less food and we dont even have enough today. Guess who gets food when supply is scarce? Yes, the rich. Guess who doesnt? Everyone else. We must take advantage of improved technology. Same goes for fracking and other technological advancements.
    17 Mar 2014, 08:55 PM Reply Like
  • mitrado
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    Bugs, you say?

     

    Rootworm evolves to eat GM corn designed to kill it: http://bit.ly/1l069bT

     

    "After years of predicting it would happen -- and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators -- scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn."

     

    "Named for the pesticidal toxin-producing Bacillus thuringiensis gene it contains, Bt corn now accounts for three-quarters of the U.S. corn crop. The vulnerability of this corn could be disastrous for farmers and the environment."
    18 Mar 2014, 09:38 AM Reply Like
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