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French court rejects isolation for organic crops

A French administrative court in Strasbourg has ruled that the state has no responsibility for establishing security parameters for fields growing organic crops to prevent gene flow from the cultivation of genetically modified crops. The court rejected an appeal by the mayor of Wattwiller in the Haut-Rhin region. The mayor sought to overturn a 2006 ruling that nullified his by-law prohibiting the planting of GM crops within 400 m of a field growing organic crops. The mayor asked the Department of Agriculture to establish security parameters, but it refused to comply. The court observed that EU law does not prescribe the establishment of such measures and that there was no evidence of risk to the organic crops.

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