Sustainable Pulse, 17 September 2015



In a joint statement Thursday by the Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal, and the Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, it was announced that France has decided to ask the European Commission for a strong opt-out from growing genetically modified (GM) crops.

France has decided to ask the European Commission to exclude its national territory from the release of  9 GM maize varieties already authorized (1 GM Maize variety – MON9810) or awaiting authorization by the EU.

The statement concluded; “This decision is in line with the Act of June 2, 2014 banning the cultivation of GM maize in the country supported by Stéphane Le Foll. It is part of the very important progress made ​​by the new European framework on the implementation of GMO cultivation in which France played a leading role . This directive makes it possible for Member States to request the exclusion of their territorial scope of existing authorizations or of those under consideration.”

France has now officially joined Greece and Latvia in asking for an opt-out from growing GM crops. Germany and Scotland have also made it clear that they will follow the same path.