France Asks EU to Halt Monsanto GMO Corn Approval

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Wednesday 22 February 2012
The risks posed to the environment by Monsanto’s creations are quite well documented.

France is not bowing down to GMO giant Monsanto, now asking the European Commission to suspend authorization to Monsanto’s genetically modified corn. The news comes after France charged Monsanto with chemical poisoning after it was found that a farmer had suffered severe adverse health reactions as a result of exposure to Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller. Despite losing court rulings against Monsanto’s GMO corn, the environment ministry is attempting to fortify a ban on the crops over serious environmental concerns.

France originally banned the growing of the genetically modified corn, known as MON810, in 2008. The strain is currently the only GM crop approved for planting in the European Union, and has been targeted as a serious threat to the environment. The French government said back in November, following the ruling against the attempted ban by the highest court, that it would look at all ways possible to suspend GM planting. Perhaps they have finally found a viable strategy.

The risks posed to the environment by Monsanto’s creations are quite well documented. Monsanto’s GMO crops actually require more pesticides, as ‘mutant’ insects have become resistant to the biopesticide used to ward them off known as Bt. Bt is a toxin incorporated into genetically modified crops in order to kill different insects, however Bt usage has subsequently spawned insect populations which are resistant to the biopesticide. At least 8 populations of insects have developed resistance, with 2 populations resistant to Bt sprays and at least 6 species resistant to Bt crops as a whole.

On another front, Monsanto’s Roundup is creating farmland-crushing super weeds. Heavily resistant to the herbicide that Roundup contains known as glyphosate. These resistant weeds currently cover over 4.5 million hectares in the United States alone. Internationally, experts state that the coverage most likely rose to 120 million hectares by 2010. This places the numerical estimate much higher in 2012.

Is it any wonder why France is taking action against Monsanto and genetically modified foods alike? Nations like Hungary have already taken severe action, ripping up Monsanto’s corn from the very farmlands they were contaminating. We are continuing to see countries, states, and cities standing up against Monsanto’s reckless endangerment of the planet as a whole.



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Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

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3 comments on "France Asks EU to Halt Monsanto GMO Corn Approval"

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JayRand

February 23, 2012 5:51pm

At least they're demonstrating some sanity in the EU on this! In the US, there is a "sister" issue, with organic farmers fighting Monsanto, too! Folks don't realize, as it's been so long now, but Clarence Thomas' nomination to the SC(and subsequent approval) came just in time for him to sit in on Monsanto's attempt to patent their GM seed..the first "patent" approved on an actual life form. Thomas, you see, had been Monsanto's high honcho legal counsel for a considerable time before his appointment. Most convenient. This approval allowed Monsanto to give full vent to their strongarm tactics against any farmer who refused to buy and use their GM seed..including blackballing and suing third parties who provided services (harvesting, purchasing, etc) to those non-Monsanto farmers. Non-Monsanto farmers would mysteriously learn that Monsanto "inspectors" had found one errant plant from their patented seed growing on the non-Monsanto farm and would sue the pants off the farmer..driving them out of business! They are nothing but a bunch of gangsters..megacorpmafioso, and Thomas is their bought-and-paid-for consigliere! If this organic issue comes before the SC, we can bet he won't recurse himself, anymore than he did right after he was appointed! What Monsanto is doing to the earth with their "Franken-Beans" is a true crime..three cheers for the Europeans who seem to have much more sense than we do!

Seabury Lyon

February 22, 2012 1:21pm

Hats of to France for taking the initiative on this! The little item on the weed killer was a jolt too, that it is creating "Super-Weeds", just as over use of antibiotics is creating Super Germs. No surprise there, I suppose... we've got lots of examples of Mother Nature screw-overs that bite us on the butt big time.