“No” to GMO in France

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In early May 2014, the French Senate voted in favor of banning the cultivation of genetically modified maize by an American company called Monsanto.

Final decision

Since 2009 the authorities in Paris have striven to stop the production of GMOs. After the initial approval of the bill by the National Assembly and a similar decision in the Senate, the law comes into force. At the same time Conseil d’Etat, which acts as the supreme court for administrative justice, approved the government decree of March 2014, which bans the cultivation of MON 810 type maize, the only kind of GMO which may be commercially produced in the EU.

Doubtful benefits

Controversies surrounding genetically modified organisms do not appear to cease. Benefits presented by the advocates of GMOs include boosting the immunity of organisms to disease, and making crops more resilient in various climates, which could pave the way for combating famine in the world.

The opponents of GMOs disagree and believe that the best and the most realistic path to ensuring global food supply safety is improving the availability of food produce and improving the system of food distribution. Uncontrollable free crossbreeding of modified species with natural ones could pose a threat to biological equilibrium. This argument was quoted by experts speaking at the conference in Aarhus, and the authors of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity.