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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Monsanto Sues Germany to Force GMO Food

Monsanto Sues Germany to Force GMO Food
http://www.opednews.com/articles/MEG...90422-816.html

Monsanto is now suing the German government (and, by that, the people) to force them to grow their GM Corn. Monsanto files suit against Germany over GM ban:

MON810 maize is genetically engineered to produce Bacillus thuringiensis, which is toxic to the corn borer pest. Permitted in Europe since 1998 for animal feed, it is marketed as a way to save farmers money on insecticides and other pest controls.

However German agriculture minister Ilse Aigner claimed last week that she had "legitimate reasons" to believe the maize to be a danger to the environment – and believes the Environment Ministry to agree with the view. Although MON810 has been permitted in Germany since 2005, she scrapped plans for 3,600 hectares (8,892 acres) to be planted in the eastern states for this summer's harvest.

Now the biotech giant has hit back, according to a Reuters article, filing a lawsuit against the Germany government in the administrative court in Braunschweig, northern Germany

The wire quotes a spokesperson for Monsanto as saying the ban is "arbitrary". A clause in EU law does allow member states to impose such a ban, but Monsanto claims they can only do so once a plant has already been approved if new scientific evidence has come to light.

If the outcome of the lawsuit is in Monsanto's favour, the cost to the German government has been estimated at between €6m and €7m....

Germany's response to Monsanto: "Eat it!" Sphere: Related Content

3 comments:

Jonni said...

Go Germany............

ChristyACB said...

Good for Germany! Maybe if they lead the way, some of the American farming groups will grow some cajones!

Annie said...

It kinda amazes me that Monsanto hasn't been confronted like this by a lot more farmers and countries.

soon, hopefully! Until then, I plant my own garden!!!