Germany prohibits GMO Corn
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
German farmers will not need to genetically modified maize. Minister of Agriculture Aigner decided Tuesday to ban after social concerns about the impact of crops on the environment and the economy.
Aigner reached that conclusion after a study into the effects of crop from the U.S. supplier of gengewassen Monsanto. The plant, MON 810, is the only genetically modified crop since 1998 within the European Union should be rebuilt.
The plant is a threat to the environment ", the minister of the Christian Democratic Party CSU during a press conference. The maize by an extra gene a voracious moth
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whose larvae have eaten a way through the plant . It was planned that in April 3600 hectares of maize were sown in Germany, but that is the decision by Aigner .
Germany follows with the prohibition France, Austria and Hungary, which also allow crops which are genetically falsified. European countries may, through a legal clause to escape the European rules for genetic engineering.
A month ago a failed attempt by the European Commission to lift the national ban off. Only the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden and Finland voted to force the lifting of a ban.
Opponents fear that the modified plant will sow and oppress other species. Monsanto submitted a report to Aigner which stresses that its plants are safe, offer higher yields and less pesticide, but ultimately lost the battle a number of other critical researchers.