Court overturns French ban on Monsanto GM maize

A FRENCH court has thrown out a Government ban on genetically modified maize being grown in the country.

US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto was banned from growing the GM maize, MON810, last year. The Government said it will try to find a new way of maintaining the ban.

The French Government vowed earlier this year to continue with its 2008 ban on Monsanto’s MON810, an insect-resistant strain of maize grown in several European countries, even though France’s highest court overturned the ban in November 2011.

But on Thursday the Council of State court declared that it had little legal basis.

It comes as Monsanto claimed it would no longer focus its energies on growing biotech crops in the EU and would instead look to America and other parts of the world.

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