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French Ban on Monsanto GM Corn Could Spark U.S. Retaliation

12:27 PM MST | January 22, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has decreed that cultivation of Monsanto’s MON810 genetically modified (GM) corn will be banned in France at least until the end of this year. MON810 corn, used for animal feed, is the only GM crop licensed for cultivation in the European Union (EU), even though several EU states, in addition to France, have banned it. Sarkozy’s decision will likely spark retaliation from the U.S. government, possibly in the form of trade sanctions, analysts say. The U.S., which considers such bans to be illegal, won a lawsuit against...

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