2 August 2013. Paris – France’s highest court overturned the ban on the cultivation of genetically modified corn produced by the American multinational company Monsanto on the grounds that the ban was allowed only if farming brings a “high risk”, according to France24.
France banned the cultivation of maize MON810 seed in March 2012. France’s highest administrative court annulled the decision of the Government. MON810 is one of only two types of genetically modified seeds, whose cultivation is allowed in the EU.
Judges from the French State Council stated that the prohibition has little basis in law. They cited the EU regulations stating that such a prohibition in EU member states may be introduced only “in case of emergency, or if the situation poses a major risk” to the health of humans, animals or the environment.