May 5, 2009

Germany joins the Euro bt corn blockade

Germany joins 5 other European countries to ban bt corn (Mon 810)

The press seem to want us to think Monsanto will win in court:

"Germany has banned the cultivation of GM corn, claiming that MON 810 is dangerous for the environment. But that argument might not stand up in court and Berlin could face fines totalling millions of euros if American multinational Monsanto decides to challenge the prohibition on its seed".

But there is growing evidence that bt toxins are dangerous in aquatic systems - studies that had never been done and that, interestingly, also reveal new proof of the stupidity of "substantial equivalence". see for example Testing Time for Substantial Equivalence: Daphnia magna survival and fitness reduced when fed MON810 (Bt Cry1Ab) maize

And for the story on Germany's ban, read Monsanto Uprooted, Spiegel online

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