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Monsanto Steps Out of Europe’s GMO Line

St. Louis-based Monsanto has permanently stepped out of Europe’s application line for growing new crops using genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Instead, the world’s largest seed company is going to work on increasing its sales of non-GMO seed and other farm products in Europe. Jose Manuel Madero, Monsanto’s president and managing director for Europe, said the company will focus on conventional seeds because it really did not have much of a GMO business in Europe.

Several European countries ban crops using GMOs outright and the European Union’s application process for new GMOs in practice is extensive and sometimes never ending.

Non-GMO business accounts for more than 98 percent of the $1.72 billion in sales Monsanto booked in Europe. It is currently investing $300 million to expand existing convention seed production facilities in France, Romania, Hungary and Turkey.

Monsanto has also made a $150 million investment in the Ukraine where it is bringing Europe’s largest seed production plant on line. The Ukraine is a major grain exporter, and currently imports its seed.

Nature, the international journal of science, explained what Monsanto was up against this way: “The approval process for GM crops has ground to a halt in Europe despite a clear regulatory path.”

“Crops must first be deemed safe by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma, Italy. The European Commission must then produce a draft decision within three months, to be voted on by representatives from EU member states before approval can be finalized.”

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  • Marge Mullen

    Monsanto and our congress needs to wake up and listen to We the People…we do not want your poison here in the U.S.

    • tony

      what poison? Why not ban organic food that has already killed

  • Russell La Claire

    Would love to see them “step out” of the line in the US.

  • tony

    It is not permanent. It is for now.

  • tony

    The organic millionaires who own a chunk of the organic industry in the US. They have to get people worried about GM food in order to justify their higher prices for organic food. But it is organic food that is killing people (WholeFood cheese and sprouts in Germany) and sickening (Costco organic blueberries carrying hep A disease), Yet 16 years of GM crops zero hospitalizations let alone no deaths. 3 billions planted and harvested and eaten ! You are the one that has a twisted sense of reality

    • Concerned re:GMO/Pesticide Use

      “The tryptophan disaster in the end of the 1980′s and beginning of 1990′s killed 37 and permanently disabled 1,500 people in the United States in a disease called eosonophil myalgia syndrome (EMS).

      It was caused by one or more extremely poisonous substances present in a tryptophan food supplement, which was produced by genetically engineered bacteria at the Japanese firm Showa Denko. http://todayyesterdayandtomorrow.wordpress.com/2007/06/09/gm-tryptophan-ems-killed-37-and-permanently-disabled-1500-people/

    • jazzfeed

      Didn’t you say “Costco organic pomagranates” on another post? Which is it? Where’s a reference link? Why is it you have never, as far as I can see, provided a corroborating link for any of your authoritative-sounding assertions?

  • Galactum

    Say no to GMO and kick Monsanto back to the country it came from!

  • mwc

    Monsanto are killers!