Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire France issued a temporary restraining order against a genetically modified corn varieties of Monsanto Corp. for environmental protection.
Declaration of the French Ministry of Agriculture stating temporary ban on planting genetically modified maize MON 810, called the Monsanto Corporation in the United States is one of the precautions, AFP reported.MON 810 maize was created by inserting extra DNA into the genome of the bacterium of corn to make them resistant to harmful insects. However, many scientists fear MON 810 can cause more harm to the environment. In February the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transportation and Housing French (EU) suspended the use of the Monsanto corn seed.
French Agriculture Ministry had imposed a ban on genetically modified foods in May 2/2008 due to fears they could cause problems negatively to human health. But then the French State Council - the judiciary and the government's advice - vetoed the ban, saying the government did not prove genetically modified crops by Monsanto can cause health hazards for human health and the environment. European Court of Justice also concluded that the banning of the corn by the French Ministry of Agriculture against the law.
However, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said his government will continue to seek the legal tools to prevent MON 810 maize from being planted in France.