France annuls rules suspending genetically modified corn planting

Ruling cites failure to establish urgency of suspension, existence of risk

France’s Council of State has annulled two Ministry of Agriculture rulings from 2007 and 2008 suspending the planting of genetically modified corn.

The move came after a complaint by agriculture company Monsanto, whose modified corn MON 810 has been affected by the suspensions. The ruling cited a failure to establish not only the urgency of suspending genetically modified corn, but also the existence of a health risk to humans, animals of the environment. Other lawmakers have said that they disagree with the ruling and will continue to find ways to oppose genetically modified crops.