BusinessWeek and GreenBio News report that the environmental minister of France has requested that the European Commission (the European Union’s regulatory arm) suspend Monsanto’s authorization to plant genetically modified (GM) MON 810 corn in Europe.
France's appeal to the European Commission is its latest strategy to "maintain the freeze on GM planting." Currently, the European Commission is the authority that does risk assessments and approvals for GM crops. In 2008, France banned the growing of MON 810 in its territorial limits. It then filed a lawsuit in the European Court of Justice in September 2011 requesting that the MON 810 EU approval be reversed and all planting permits frozen. In September 2011, France's request was denied. In November 2011, a petition in the EU's highest court also failed.
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For more see: "France asks EU to suspend Monsanto GM corn approval," GreenBio News, 22 February 2012.
"France Asks EU to Suspend Approval to Grow Monsanto MON810 Corn," BusinessWeek, 20 February 2012.