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Davidson reports: "France has held firm in its opposition to Monsanto's genetically modified MON 810 maize - and the agri-chemical multinational has admitted defeat."

French beekeepers protest the use of genetically-modified organisms in front of French Monsanto headquarters in Bron, near Lyon, January 20, 2012. (photo: Robert Pratta/Reuters)
French beekeepers protest the use of genetically-modified organisms in front of French Monsanto headquarters in Bron, near Lyon, January 20, 2012. (photo: Robert Pratta/Reuters)



France Defeats Monsanto

By Gordon Davidson, The Scottish Farmer

04 February 12

 

rance has held firm in its opposition to Monsanto's genetically modified MON 810 maize - and the agri-chemical multinational has admitted defeat.

Monsanto had been putting legal pressure on the French government to lift its 2008 cultivation ban on MON 810, firstly with a successful appeal to the European Court of Justice, then with a follow-up case heard in France's own highest court, the Council of State.

But despite both these institutions ruling that the ban was "insufficiently justified in law", the French Government, backed by President Sarkozy, has insisted that it will still not allow cultivation of the biotech maize.

Now Monsanto has announced that it would not be selling seeds for MON810 in France this year.

France's stand - and Monsanto's capitulation - has been warmly welcomed by anti-GM lobbyists GM Freeze, whose campaign director Pete Riley said: "The decision by Monsanto not to market MON810 seeds in France in 2012 is yet another sign that Monsanto has failed to convince the public or policy makers that there is any benefit to growing to growing GM crops.

"This needs to be acknowledged by industry and politicians and there should be a big shift to agricultural research and development which addresses the future sustainability of farming in Europe. EU policy needs to forget about the bottom line of biotech corporations and focus on developing agro-ecological farming which provides for the needs of farmers, consumers, the environment and future generations."

Five other EU countries - Germany, Greece, Austria, Luxembourg and Hungary - have current bans on MON810 cultivation in place, and the issue has recently been complicated by another European Court of Justice ruling requiring honey contaminated with GM pollen to be fully authorised as a novel product and labelled as such before it can be sold.

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+135 # indian weaver 2012-02-04 11:03
we need to publicize the home addresses and phone numbers of the criminals running Monsanto so we can demonstrate in front of their homes and draw attention to their worldwide destruction of native lands and peoples by forncing upon them genetic modified seeds. Monsanto employees are the original terrorists, destroying lives in horrible ways and ruining crops and the ability to grow them.
 
 
+11 # dcprtldstudio@hotmail.com 2012-02-07 22:09
Quoting indian weaver:
we need to publicize the home addresses and phone numbers of the criminals running Monsanto so we can demonstrate in front of their homes and draw attention to their worldwide destruction of native lands and peoples by forncing upon them genetic modified seeds. Monsanto employees are the original terrorists, destroying lives in horrible ways and ruining crops and the ability to grow them.

I would want to join the demonstration by forming a group in association with local food growers. Monsanto is killing our seeds and poisoning our food and water and honeybees. The fact that these criminals are sponsoring OPB is scaring me from trusting the only free speech TV station available. Denise in Portland
 
 
+74 # nice2blucky 2012-02-04 11:55
There needs to be a consistent trend moving away from bad policy and destructive and dangerous business practices and products... not just one great victory.

Balance must be restored and the sanity of needed caution and wisdom over financial interests is a start.

Although this is a single episode in what is a constant battle, credit must be given to the process and the decision makers.

Please bring similar common sense back to U.S.
 
 
+19 # John Locke 2012-02-04 13:08
Its a shame Sarkozy can not run for president of the United States...I think he could win!
 
 
+8 # nice2blucky 2012-02-04 21:11
He's obviously not without charm and his world appears to have an appealing elegance, though I personally prefer more casual attire and surroundings. And except for his taste in women and strong will, I've never been a fan of Sarkozy's political philosophy.

His decent views, decisions, and actions are more a reflection of Eurpoean world view and those political parameters that generally restrain most politicians who are at all at the mercy of general populous -- minus the shameless, the ego-maniacal, and the perpetually insulated, cool-aid-drinki ng bubble-dwellers that the U.S has in abundance (combined with ignorant, propaganda infused, delusional or wilfully blind, terminally-Part y aligned apologists), which are usually more socially progressive, rather than Sarkozy's maintaining down-to-Earth idealogical alignment with ordinary people and selfless adherence to benevolent stewardship of the people's interest. For whatever credit he's due, this is more surprising than anything.

Maybe it's bias on my part; align yourself with Bush/Cheney/neo -con policies and agenda and you lose me. It is why, although Obama almost had my support, he never gained it -- except as a pre-Presidency comparative to neo-conservativ es/Hillary, and through the nothing-to-judg e-him-by period. His buckling on retro-active tele-com immunity and talk of looking forward, not backwards was foreboding enough to me, but I had no idea that he'd bee this bad. It's still hard to believe.
 
 
+5 # AMLLLLL 2012-02-06 11:03
Best snub the French could do.
 
 
+3 # grandma lynn 2012-02-07 00:40
Wow, I never thought of that! Off-shore presidents. Shuffle them around so people get the one they most need. Shop their skills. Let them interview. Put them on the run, until if the shoe fits, they wear it. Let them all be clear. Let us all make no mistakes!
 
 
+12 # HeidiStevenson 2012-02-04 12:03
This win is merely temporary. The fact is that the EU is a corporate entity, as evidenced by its constitution, which clearly grants personhood to corporations and even states that it's a primary fact of the union. The EU has approved two GM potato crops, one for industrial uses and for cattle feed, the other for humans and ultimately intended for sale in supermarkets.

France gave up its sovereignty by signing the Lisbon Treaty. The EU hasn't seen a corporate-benef iting treaty it didn't like, including those through the WTO that enforce trade benefits to multinational corporations.

Monsanto had already taken most of its GM development outside the EU. BASF has just started that process. But that doesn't mean they won't be selling their products in the EU. The treaties will see to that.
 
 
+3 # wsh 2012-02-04 12:15
Am I being cynical...what did Monsanto get from France to cave in on a case where they WON in two high courts?
 
 
+20 # John Locke 2012-02-04 13:10
wsh: The better question would be what did Monsanto give the justices for their opinions?
 
 
+17 # BobHG 2012-02-04 12:52
Engdahl's "Seeds Of Destruction" is worth reading as it unmasks the chicanery behind GMOs.
 
 
+10 # John Locke 2012-02-04 13:23
BobHG: you can read all the health issues facing humans and get the same good information. Read the book "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America" By Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt her father and grandfather were Skull and Bones. She was in the Reagan/HW Bush administration.

The book claims that changes gradually brought into the American public education system attempt to eliminate the influences of a child's parents (religion, morals, national patriotism), and mold the child into a member of the proletariat in preparation for a socialist-colle ctivist world of the future. She alleges that these changes originated from plans formulated primarily by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education, and the Rockefeller General Education Board. She details what she says are the psychological methods used to implement and effect the changes. She discovered how these policies of a socialist-colle ctivist nature originated all the way to President Reagan, Vice President George H. W. Bush, and their policy advisers. Up until 1960 Reagan, was a leading member of United World Federalists (whose purpose was to merge America into a world government), was a charter member of Americans for Democratic Action. Reagan was also a member of the National Advisory Council of the American Veterans Committee that was supposedly "under communist influence." She was an insider and came out...
 
 
+12 # maveet 2012-02-04 15:23
Wow, someone from the inside to verify the stories. It's not just some 'conspiracy theory' imagination that the schools are actively and consciously dumbing down students. I *assume* that many of the food additives and junk food landslide also has deliberate intentions to sicken and create nutritionally malnourished brains. This is dystopian fantasy become very real indeed.

BTW, in addition to my long-standing opposition to Frankenfoods, I've only just discovered, serendipitously , that underlying my ME/CFS is undetected gluten intolerance. I've begun the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet, with results within days. There I learned that the whole movement to replace saturated animal fats with oils, the move to lower fat everywhere, has left a whole generation without the nutrients for good brain and nerve health. Deliberate? Just capitalism at work? FDA collaboration and collusion? So many questions, so few answers. Thanks for this book.
 
 
+12 # RMDC 2012-02-04 20:14
Iserbyt's book is just a re-hashing of standard John Birch Society conspiracy theory, She's right that the AAIE in the US has brainwashed american children and adults, but not in order to make them socialists-coll ectivists and one-worlders. The AAIE has turned the US into a right-wing, isolated and neo-conservativ e or neo-nazi state. There is no socialism or collectivism going on in the US. There is the exact opposite. The monuments of American socialism -- social security and medicare -- are under heavy attack and probably won't last another decade. If the US were becomming socialist, we'd have universal health insurance and a right to a job, housing, and a living wage.

These John Birchers have been playing the same tune since the 50s -- the ruling elites of the US (Fords, Rockefellers, etc) are secretly communists and want to move the US into merging with the USSR so that all americans can be slaves. Reagan was one of these lunatics. It was all a distraction created by the FBI. In reality, the ruling elites in the US have always been -- surprise -- capitalists and imperialists hooked up with the British ruling elite and now the Israeli capitalist elite group. Thus AAIE -- Anglo American Israeli Elite.

A better insider's story is Carroll Quigley whose Anglo American Elite and Tragey and Hope do tell the true story of the AAIE.
 
 
+13 # Majikman 2012-02-05 09:48
Right on! If one accepts the premise that corporations are amoral and their only allegiance is to profit, it's not a huge leap to see that "anything goes" in the pursuit of $$$. When pesky tree huggers get in the way of mountain top removal and get testy about their families being killed in unsafe mining etc, why the Koch's and their ilk simply set up think tanks to counteract their claims, buy politicians, create ALEC or whatever it takes to remove any obstacle from their doing biz. as usual.
Gives a whole new meaning to "the bottom line".
 

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