14 April 2009 15:13 [Source: ICIS news]
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Federal agriculture minister Ilse Aigner said there was “good reason for the assumption” that Monsanto’s MON 810 maize posed a danger for the environment.
She pointed to several studies and noted that five EU states had already taken measures against the product.
Aigner said that the ban was based on the specifics of MON 810; it was not politically motivated and should not be understood as a broad ruling against genetically modified technology, she said.
The agriculture ministry was working on a strategy paper that would outline its future approach to genetically modified technology, she said.
MON 810 was up until now the only genetically modified maize allowed for commercial planting in
The country's chemical producers association, VCI, said earlier that Europe’s farmers were losing their competitiveness as they did not have the same access to modern genetically modified plant technologies as their counterparts in other parts of the world.
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