GMO-free news from France

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.

2013-06-17 |

Nature Biotechnology analysis lashes French politicians for feeding anti-biotech fever

Nicolas Sarkozy’s agriculture minister admitted at the time that there was no hard evidence that maize posed any harm, but pushed for the ban regardless, characterizing it as a “precautionary measure.” Fifteen months later, no evidence has been presented to justify the ban. And in a searing study in the June issue of Nature Biotechnology, released this week, crop biotechnology experts from three major French public research institutions lambasted their former government, and those of six other European governments for grossly falsifying scientific data to “justify” what they believe was a politically-motivated ban on genetically engineered crops and foods.

2013-05-29 |

EU citizens demand transparency and independent science on GMOs

Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini was invited on Monday 27th May to the session of the PETI Committee that discussed 3 petitions related to GMOs, in particular to debate the persisting conflicts of interest and industry influence that affect European policy making and decision taking. At the heart of the matter is the way EFSA conducts risk assessments of GMOs.
Even though there have been some improvements within EFSA recently, under the impulse of EFSA’s Executive Director, Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, and thanks to constant pressure by the Greens/EFA group, civil society and citizens, these improvements fall short of the “revolution” that is needed in the risk assessment of GMOs, both in terms of the methodology, the origin and transparency of the data that are used as well as the range of scientists that are represented in EFSA’s scientific panels.

2013-01-14 |

Toxicity confirmed for a GMO and the pesticide Roundup - Raw data released to a notary

Séralini’s team and CRIIGEN have just filed complaints of defamation against claims of “fraud” and “falsified data” that were respectively published in “Marianne” and “La Provence” by Jean-Claude Jaillette and Claude Allègre who is a member of the French association for plant biotechnologies (AFBV).
In 2013 Séralini’s team and CRIIGEN will launch other legal actions to force disclosure of hidden and poor quality toxicological data. To set an example, we are arranging the formal delivery of the raw data of our last study to a notary. We will make these public as soon as the regulatory agencies or Monsanto do the same for their data, or when governments consent to publish the industry data.

2012-11-30 |

EFSA jeopardises public confidence

Unsurprisingly, after a preliminary negative opinion, EFSA has now rejected once more the conclusions of the Séralini et al. study on the long term health impacts of GM maize NK603 and its associated herbicide, Round-up. [...] As we have already noticed, the EFSA review has been made by scientists who had been involved in GMO risk assessment and discarded the need for long term assessments and who had already a long standing negative opinion of Seralini's team. It would have been more honest for EFSA to explain how the critiques in the study did not apply to the industry studies, which have not been made public for independent scientists to review.

2012-11-30 |

Pressure mounts for retraction of GM crop-cancer study

Pressure is growing for retraction of a study which concluded that a genetically modified maize and a weedkiller called glyphosate cause cancers in rats. [...] ”Given that the EFSA concludes that the authors' conclusions cannot be regarded as scientifically sound because of inadequacies in the design, reporting and analysis, is it not time for Food and Chemical Toxicology to retract the manuscript?” asked Cathie Martin of the John Innes Center in Norwich, UK, and editor-in-chief of another journal, The Plant Cell.

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