Italy moves closer to GM maize ban
THE Italian Government has moved closer to a ban on genetically modified (GM) maize.
According to Reuters, three Italian ministries signed a decree prohibiting the cultivation of Monsanto’s MON810 maize, citing environmental concerns.
The decree need to be published in the official gazette to become binding.
As Farmers Guardian reported in January, a temporary ban on GM maize was lifted in Russia.
The ban was put in place in September last year after a study linked Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup and the NK603 strain of maize genetically modified to be resistant to the herbicide, to cancer in lab rats.
No adverse effects on human health were ever found.