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If gmos are so safe, why do i keep hearing about them being banned in other countries? I just read today that France has banned gmo corn.

Submitted by: PianoChick


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Friday, 14/03/2014 17:55

Thanks for your question! Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, former director for agricultural biotechnology for EuropaBio, recently provided a response to a similar question:


“For three years France was the second-largest GM cultivator in the EU, before the government introduced a moratorium in 2008. Since then, the highest French Court, Conseil d’État, and the European Court of Justice have repeatedly declared the ban illegal. As a consequence, French farmers are denied the possibility to choose GM technology. The EU’s official food safety watchdog has consistently upheld its scientific opinions on the products affected by national bans in Europe, repeating that these products are as safe as their conventional counterparts.


“More information on France’s history regarding GM crops can be found here: (For an English version of this content, please visit and select your language for translation. Then copy and paste the text, and the translation will appear.)”


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