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Greece extends GM maize ban by two years

Greece has extended its ban on the import, planting and sale of Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize by two years, the news service, Associated Press, reports. The ban has been in place since the 2005 planting season ( Agrow No 479, p 12). The latest action is the Greek authorities’ second two-year extension on the ban ( Agrow No 525, p 10), and they have ignored EU rulings to overturn it since 2006 ( Agrow No 489, p 6). Despite its EU approval, MON810 cultivation has been banned by Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg ( Agrow passim). Some 11 EU member states have called for new EU rules allowing them to prohibit the use of GMOs in their countries (see this issue).

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