French parliament bans cultivation of genetically modified maize

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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. France adopted a decree last month to halt the planting of Monsanto’s insect-resistant MON810 maize, the only GM crop allowed for cultivation in the European Union. ‘It is essential today to renew a widely shared desire to maintain the French ban,’ Jean-Marie Le Guen, the minister in charge of relations with parliament, told the National Assembly. ‘This bill strengthens the decree passed last March by preventing the immediate cultivation of GMO and extending their reach to all transgenic maize varieties,’ he said.
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