Monsanto pulls GM crops out of Europe
MONSANTO will no longer push for approvals for the cultivation of GM crops in Europe and will instead focus on imports of biotech crops into the EU.
The company said the move would impact all its pending applications except for MON 810.
A spokesman said biotech crops were ‘highly successful’ in the rest of the world and therefore it needed to concentrate on expanding those markets.
It comes after BASF last year pulled out of Europe due to a lack of acceptance over GM.
At the time, BASF said it made ‘no’business sense’ to continue investing in products exclusively for cultivation in this market.
GM Freeze welcomed the move but said it was now down to supermarkets, animal feed manufacturers and farmers to ‘drop our heavy dependence on imported GM soya to feed livestock and poultry’.
Pete Riley of GM Freeze said: “It has taken a long time for the penny to drop that trying to force failing GM technology onto an unwilling market it is simply not good business, and we hope other companies will follow suit – but EU GM imports are still a problem.
“There is now a real opportunity for Europe to push ahead with farming that is sustainable, based on reducing dependencies on agrochemicals and adopting time-tested practices like crop rotation and biological control of pests.
“Policies, financial incentives and research and development all need to shift in this direction.”