Monsanto begins withdrawing GM seeds from EU

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Monsanto is in the process of withdrawing its requests for cultivation of genetically modified seed crops in the European Union. Monsanto announced earlier this year it would be scaling back its GM seeds from the EU market.

Monsanto has already withdrawn four out of eight applications for GM corn traits in the EU, including MON810xNK603, MON89034, MON89034xMON88017 and MON89034xNK603.

MON810 is the only biotech corn being grown in the EU, and Monsanto plans to continue to sell in the EU.

Reports that Monsanto had applied for SmartStax in Europe were inaccurate, according to Monsanto’s UK spokesman, Mark Buckingham. Monsanto never applied for cultivation approval for that variety. SmartStax is still undergoing evaluation for the EU market.

EU’s negative stance toward biotech crops led to Monsanto’s announcement in July that it would be scaling back its GM crops in Europe. But this does not mean that Monsanto is withdrawing from the EU market all together. The company intends to focus on investing in conventional seed production and breeding.

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usa  |  September, 07, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Oh yeah, belive the word of the monsanto spokesman, thats good. Bahahaha.

IL  |  September, 09, 2013 at 08:32 AM

Glad to work with Monsanto, Very Honest company ! Has always been truthful for all the years I have worked with them. Now my daughter has joined the force ! Thanks Monsanto for making this world a better place for the farmers that are trying to feed the world. Again Thanks Monsanto !

NW Indiana  |  September, 09, 2013 at 12:39 PM

What! Europe is refusing Monsanto's advances? O'Bomba, send them cruise missiles until they obey.

kansas  |  September, 09, 2013 at 02:17 PM

Good for Monsanto! Let them continue to eat listeria, botulism, hepatitus a, salmonella & e-coli infected "organic" spinach, berries, etc.! Past time to stop trying to educate this international cult of science-denying luddites. The starving and vitamin/mineral/protein deprived billions of the third world welcome the costly advances modern agricultural science brings them. Privileged 1st World Euros, who can afford to waste their funds purchasing "natural" foods, are not the future as they're already under-breeding themselves out of existence anyway... which biologists view as "natural" selection.

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