Monsanto drops bid to grow new GM foods in EU

Jul 18, 2013
Activists rip open bags of MON 810 GM maize at a Monsanto site in Trebes near Carcassonne, France last year. US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto said Thursday it will drop all requests to be allowed to grow new genetically modified foods in the European Union, which has for years held up approval.

US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto said Thursday it will drop all requests to be allowed to grow new genetically modified foods in the European Union, which has for years held up approval.

"We will no longer be pursuing approvals for cultivation of new biotech crops in Europe," Monsanto said, adding that it would now focus on its conventional seeds business and enabling imports of such products into the region.

The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said it "took note of the decision" by Monsanto which produces a whole stable of GM crops and associated agro-chemicals in wide use in the United States and elsewhere.

In Europe, however, there is widespread suspicion about the use of GM , with many fearing that their use could have an unintended long-term impact on health.

Monsanto and other producers insist such fears are unfounded and that GM products are essential if growing global demand for food is to be met.

The EU currently allows only two GM products to be grown in the 28-member bloc—Monsanto's MON 810 and German conglomerate BASF's Amflora potato.

Brussels cleared MON 810 in 1998 for 10 years and Monsanto submitted a request in 2007 for it to be extended but the process has been effectively frozen since then.

Environmental groups welcomed Monsanto's announcement.

"This is great news for science and research in Europe," said Mark Breddy, Greenpeace EU spokesman.

"Over the last couple of decades, GM crops have proven themselves to be an ineffective and unpopular technology, with unacceptable risks for our environment and health," Breddy said.

"Monsanto's retreat could finally create the space for European farming to focus on modern practices and technologies that offer real advances for food production and rural communities."

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Shootist
1.7 / 5 (12) Jul 18, 2013
Monsanto drops bid to grow new GM foods in EU


One of many results associated with an ill-educated voting class, a ruling class that cares only about politics and power, and knows nothing about the issues beyond a few talking points, and a lying liberal press that worries more about offending its base than it does reporting the news..

Humpty
1.7 / 5 (11) Jul 18, 2013
Seeds Of Death - Full Movie

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Monsanto - filled with not nice people, who make cancer causing and genetically poisoning food.
azollex
4.2 / 5 (5) Jul 18, 2013
Eventually GM food will overtake the marked anyway. It seems to me that instead of Don Quixote's fighting against GM food in general, it's better to put some considerable efforts in the development of "open source" GMOs.
natello
Jul 18, 2013
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Guy_Underbridge
3.9 / 5 (7) Jul 19, 2013
Shootist, are you trying to say that tainting the water supply with Round-Up is a good thing?
gmurphy
3.5 / 5 (6) Jul 19, 2013
Monsanto has shown itself again and again to be a ruthless operator. As a European, I'm glad this repugnant enterprise has been beaten back, if only temporarily, however, GMO crops are inevitable, it's just that the repository of our agricultural potential should not reside with a commercial entity with an inherently short-term view. If anything, the EU should start its own GMO research institute, to create GMO crops that meet our agricultural needs and that of our environment.
nowhere
4.2 / 5 (5) Jul 19, 2013
ill-educated voting class, a ruling class that cares only about politics and power, and knows nothing about the issues beyond a few talking points

You are an American right?
and a lying liberal press that worries more about offending its base than it does reporting the news..

Don't you mean "a lying capitalist press that worries more about making a profit than it does reporting the news."
alfie_null
1 / 5 (1) Jul 21, 2013
Monsanto and other producers insist such fears are unfounded and that GM products are essential if growing global demand for food is to be met.

This canard. I'm touched by their concern.

In Europe, food is a commodity. The price will simply change a bit to balance demand. Nobody's going to starve.

How much marketing of GM crops is being done in places where farming is subsistence? Not much money to be made there.
GldfrdEng
5 / 5 (2) Jul 21, 2013
Particular GM crops should be judged on their merits, rather than any kind of blanket ban. It's not obvious that GM crops are necessarily bad. If we could make food more nutritious or reduce the pesticide and fertiliser burden on the environment that should surely count strongly in favour of some of them.

It is common in public discourse to jump to fashionable conclusions and stick with them in the teeth of the evidence. In the UK, we have suffered needless measles infections and deaths because a few credulous parents were convince that the MMR vaccine caused autism.

Is it possible this furore over GM is another facet of the same problem? Simplistic opinion-forming, not using scientific reasoning enough.

As for GM products, I very much support any properly supervised trials of GM foods.
geokstr
1.4 / 5 (9) Jul 21, 2013
If anything, the EU should start its own GMO research institute, to create GMO crops that meet our agricultural needs and that of our environment.

Definitely, just what's needed, politically correct food. I'll bet Nanny Bloomberg will be all for it. Those nasty capitalist-roaders have been nothing but bad for human civilization, what with all the money grubbing and stuff. Government produced non-profit Soylent Green.

Meanwhile, there'll be no mistakes if it's done by the Collective. Ignore that CDC "oops" report about salt being good for you after decades of forcing producers and consumers to eliminate it. Since it didn't get posted to physorg, it didn't happen.

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