Monsanto not to sell GM seed in France
Monsanto has declared that it does not intend to market genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize seed in France so long as the country does not have a regulatory approach based on science, reports French newswire Agrisalon. It will, however, continue to offer non-GM seed to French farmers. France banned cultivation of MON810 in 2008 ( Agrow No 535, p 11). But last November, the French council of state, the Conseil d’État, cancelled the order of the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries ( Agrow No 630, p 11). The Minister of Ecology has reportedly cautioned farmers against buying seed of the GM line as the country is going to re-impose a ban soon. Meanwhile, a group of activists entered a Monsanto site near Carcassonne in France’s Aude region and emptied bags containing MON810 seed.