Monsanto Virtually Gives Up on Growing GMO Crops in Europe

20 Jul
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by John Upton / Grist
Monsanto has pretty much given up any hope (at least for now) of selling its genetically engineered seeds for corn, sugar beets, and other crops in Europe, where opposition to GMO food is overwhelming.From the L.A. Times:

Monsanto Co. said Thursday it will largely drop its bid to grow some of its genetically modified crops in Europe.

The world’s largest seed-maker has nine pending applications with the European Commission, the executive body for the European Union. A spokesman said the company plans to withdraw eight of those applications.

The requests “have been going nowhere fast for several years,” said Brandon Mitchener, a spokesman for the St. Louis-based company’s European entity. “There’s no end in sight … due to political obstructionism.”

The European Union’s stubborn resistance to transgenic crops stands in stark contrast to the welcome mat rolled out by American lawmakers for agro-giants and their most controversial products. From the BBC:

The company said it would now concentrate on growing its conventional seeds business in Europe.

It will also look to get EU approval to import its genetically modified crop varieties from the US and South America into Europe.

In 2012, Germany’s BASF halted the development of genetically modified crops in Europe and moved its European research operations in this area to the US.

Welcome home, corporate industrial science.

John Upton is a science fan and green news boffin who tweets, posts articles to Facebook, and blogs about ecology. He welcomes reader questions, tips, and incoherent rants: johnupton@gmail.com.

2 Responses to “Monsanto Virtually Gives Up on Growing GMO Crops in Europe”

  1. benjamingaylor July 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Reblogged this on Benjamin Gaylor.

  2. Rachel Creager Ireland July 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    So the US is becoming a ghetto for not only our homegrown corporations but now for European corporations to come here and do their dirty research.

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