Total Ban On GM Corn in France Follows Popular Opposition

The French government on Monday officially banned any strain of genetically modified corn from growing in its soil.

The prohibition is effective immediately and comes as France’s top court upheld and the Senate confirmed an existing ban on all current and future varieties.

As Agence France-Presse reports:

Within parliament, the political push for the ban came from the Socialist, Green, and Communist parties, who invoked concerns over the environmental impacts of genetically modified crops.

However, the real pressure emerged from widespread protests against GMOs in France, Europe’s largest grain producer, where a majority of people have long opposed the introduction of GMO agriculture.

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