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France Bans Genetically Modified Corn

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France has temporarily banned the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, ominously called MON810.

“Due to the proximity of the planting season,” said Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire in a press release last week, the country has “decided to take a precautionary measure to temporarily prohibit the cultivation of maize MON810 on the national territory to protect the environment.”

All plantings of MON810, which goes by the brand name YieldGard, will become illegal on March 20, 2012.

Monsanto announced in early this year that they would no longer sell genetically modified corn in France because of the major public outcry and opposition.

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