GMO-free news from France

2014-06-05 |

French anti-GM protestors walk free after destroying vineyard

Fifty four activists who destroyed a field of genetically modified vines in eastern France in 2010 were acquitted by a court of appeal on Wednesday after the Judge declared that the state should never have allowed the plantation of such vines in an open area.

2014-06-04 |

CRIIGEN withdraws from French government project on GMO risks

Today the independent scientific research organisation CRIIGEN announced its formal withdrawal from the French government’s Risk’OGM project. Risk’OGM was intended to follow up the findings of CRIIGEN researchers, led by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini, that GM maize NK603 and the Roundup herbicide it is engineered to tolerate were toxic to rats fed over the long term.

2014-05-16 |

France: GM vine crop trial was illegal because authorities did not properly assess the risk to the local environment

A court of appeal in Colmar this week repealed the convictions of the 54 protesters, ruling that the open-air crop trial was illegal because authorities did not properly assess the risk to the local environment. 'This is a first,' said farmers' union Confederation Paysanne, whose members have frequently been involved in attacking fields of GM crops. 'It is a victory for all opponents of GM crops.' There has long been consumer scepticism towards GM crops in the European Union. A European Commission survey in 2010 found that 71% of those questioned did not want GM ingredients in their food.

2014-05-07 |

French ban on GMO corn gets final approval

The French parliament gave final approval on Monday to a law prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize in the European Union's top grain producer, where a majority of people remain strongly opposed to foods based on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

2014-04-16 |

French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

2014-03-19 |

French maize growers, seedmakers to appeal GMO ban again

French farmers and seed firms said they would mount a new challenge to a ban on growing genetically modified maize at the country's top administrative court, saying it was unjustified.

2014-03-17 |

France bans Monsanto GM maize ahead of sowing season

France's agriculture ministry on Saturday banned the sale, use and cultivation of Monsanto's MON 810 genetically modified maize, the only variety currently authorised in the European Union.

2014-02-10 |

France Launches Law to Ban Cultivation of All GM Maize

France has launched a move to restore a ban on genetically modified (GMO) maize annulled by its top court to prevent sowings this spring that could raise public outcry in a country strongly opposed to GMO crops. French anti-globalisation crusader Jose Bove raids against genetically-modified (GM) maize crops

2013-07-31 |

French groups warn agriculture minister of GM crops

French environmentalists say genetically modified organisms have been smuggled into France in violation of laws regarding genetically modified crops.

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