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France Calls on Commission to Ban Monsanto GM Corn

The French Government have called on the European Commission to suspend the authorization to grow Monsanto's genetically modified MON810GM corn seeds in the EU.

The French ecology ministry said in a statement that it had asked European regulators to overturn the authorization for the use of genetically modified MON 810 maize crops produced by US agriculture and biotechnology giant Monsanto.

The new request is 'based on the latest scientific studies' which show the use of the GM crops 'pose significant risks for the environment.' It pointed to a recent study conducted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that raised concerns with another form of GM crop, BT11 -- stating that the findings of the BT 11 study could also be applied to MON810. "If the European Union does not act, we can invoke the safeguard clause', said the Ministry - refer to laws that allow EU nations to independent restrict or prohibit the sales of products.

Currently six EU nations ban the cultivation of GM corn under the clause: Germany, Hungary, Greece, Luxembourg, Austria and Belgium.