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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 12:16 PM
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Germany Bans Cultivation Of MON 810 Variety Of Transgenic Corn - AFP
Germany said Tuesday it was banning a type of genetically-modified maize manufactured by US biotech giant Monsanto, the only GM crop permitted until now in the country. Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner told reporters she was outlawing the cultivation of MON 810 maize -- modified to be super resistant against crop-destroying insects -- on environmental grounds.

"I have come to the conclusion there are just reasons to assume that the genetically-modified maize MON 810 represents a danger for the environment," Aigner said. "Therefore, the cultivation of MON 810 is now banned in Germany."

The environment ministry had undertaken a "rigorous study to weigh the pros and cons," she said, adding that "new scientific elements" had come to light justifying the decision to ban the GM crop.

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Germany is the sixth EU country to introduce a provisional ban on MON 810, following similar action taken by France, Austria, Hungary, Luxembourg and Greece. The European Commission sought to force Austria and Hungary to reverse their bans on the crop but its ruling was overturned by a majority of EU nations last month.

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http://www.terradaily.com/2007/090414131044.wy17t82m.html
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 12:18 PM
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1. K&R
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gulfcoastliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 02:38 PM
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2. K&R nt
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-15-09 04:00 AM
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3. K & R #5
Just goes to show that some politicians *can* do the right thing!
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-15-09 03:23 PM
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4. bvar22 has banned the use of all GM crops...
...also banned is the use of all non-naturally occurring pesticides or herbicides.
Monsanto and Big Ag can kiss my organic ass.



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