The New York Times reports that Germany plans to place a ban on MON 810 corn from Monsanto, the only genetically modified strain grown in the EU.

The article said the move was intended to protect the safety of consumers and the environment but was not a blanket ban on GM crops, according to the German agriculture minister, Ilse Aigner.

"My decision is not a political decision, it's a decision based on the facts," the Times quotes Aigner as saying. "I have come to the conclusion that there is a justifiable reason to believe that genetically modified maize of the type MON 810 presents a danger to the environment."

The Times said a spokeswoman for Monsanto said the corn had been approved for cultivation in Europe more than a decade ago and that no ill effects had been detected since then.

SOURCE: The New York Times.