Friday, 19 July 2013

Monsanto officially gives up on European approval for new GMO crops

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The good news: Monsanto can’t get approval for new GMO crops in Europe. A Monsanto spokesmen says they will withdraw all approval requests.
The bad news: Monsanto will concentrate on getting European approval to import GMO crops grown in the US and South America.

Let’s hope European officials aren’t that stupid or corrupt to grant this company such approval. The EU currently allows GMO crop inputs for animal feed. In fact, it is one of the biggest importers of this junk. This latest development suggests Monsanto is trying to deceitfully expand that foot in the door into EU approval for GMOs in human food.


European consumers are overwhelmingly opposed to such a move. If Monsanto persists in this stealth approach, there will be huge anti-Monsanto GMO demonstrations across Europe.
US GMO opponents should take heart from European developments. Consumer resistance is a powerful force and politicians ignore it at their peril.
82% of Americans support GMO food labeling and a GMO label would be a skull and crossbones on the package for health conscious consumers.
GMO crops are actually registered as pesticides! People are effectively eating genes that produce insecticides when they eat GMO food.
US consumer awareness about GMOs should keep growing and keep force Monsanto and other GMO firms (Syngenta, Dupont, Dow) into retreat.


Let’s keep up the pressure on these corporate criminals who put market domination and profit ahead of science and your health!

Now here is the full article from reuters:


(Reuters) - Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it will withdraw all pending approval requests to grow new types of genetically modified crops in the European Union, due to the lack of commercial prospects for cultivation there.
"We will be withdrawing the approvals in the coming months," Monsanto's President and Managing Director for Europe, Jose Manuel Madero, told Reuters by telephone.
Madero said the decision would allow the company to focus on growing its conventional seeds business in Europe, as well as securing EU approvals to import its genetically modified crop varieties widely grown in the United States and South America.
The decision covered five EU approval requests to grow genetically modified maize, plus one soybean and one sugar beet. The company said it would not withdraw its application to renew the approval for its insect-resistant MON810 maize - the only GMO crop currently cultivated commercially in Europe.
A spokesman for the European Commission, which manages the EU's GMO approval system, confirmed that Monsanto had informed it of its intention to withdraw the applications.
The move reflects the frustration felt by many biotech companies towards the EU's approval system for GMOs. Decisions routinely face years of delays, and only three varieties have ever been given the green light for cultivation.
While Monsanto's MON810 maize has been approved for cultivation throughout the EU, several countries including FranceGermany and most recently Italy have imposed national bans, driven by strong public opposition to the technology.
Last year, German biotech producer BASF halted the development of genetically modified crops in Europe and moved all of its European GMO research operations to the United States.
Despite public hostility to genetically modified foods, Europe is one of the world's major buyers of biotech grain, importing more than 30 million metric tons of mostly GM animal feed each year for its livestock industry.

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Sources : The Refusers, Reuters


5 comments:

  1. Sorry but this is not true. It is just a smoke curtaing by Monsanto. Here is the reality:
    http://rt.com/op-edge/monsanto-deception-game-europe-gmo-261/

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  2. Now it is time for Hawaii to do the same. Hawaii grows the seed on Molokai and experiments on all the islands.
    Two Islands, Hawaii and Kauai have bills in from of their legislators. Problem is, the legislators may be bought and paid for. We will know by the end of August, 2013.

    No more deception! If the Bills do not pass, We the People will take the necessary action to remove Monsanto, et al. Aloha, Paul

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